Music: The Most Abominable Things

How did it feel to be 70? Roared Britain's famed and sometimes fatuous conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham, over a transatlantic telephone to a U.S. newsman: "It doesn't feel like 70 at all, old boy. It doesn't feel like anything at all, and I'll feel like that at 75 and 80 and beyond. I'll go on conducting to the end of my days, which is a hell of a way off."

Last week, as chubby, goat-bearded little Sir Thomas was celebrating his 70th birthday, a good part of England was helping him along. Even the British...

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