Music: I Like This Way

"Out! Out! Out! Right now! You're through! Get the hell out of here and don't come back!"

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians, peacefully packing their instruments after rehearsal, gave a startled gasp. Across the stage, bellowing like a Straussian tuba, rushed Henry H. Reichhold, the terrible-tempered industrialist (Reichhold Chemicals, Inc.) and chief financial backer of the orchestra. His shouts were directed at First Cellist Georges Miquelle for "disloyalty." Miquelle left, but his leaving snapped an old and mounting tension.

For the last three years, some Detroit Symphony musicians had been muttering an obbligato...

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