Music: Out of Glory

To some of the balletomanes who packed Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House last week for the opening of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, the wiry, sandy-haired little conductor who took the podium for the second ballet looked vaguely familiar. When he began to conduct, it was with some of the flapping firebird motions of Igor Stravinsky. But it was not Igor. It was his son, Soulima Stravinsky (TIME, July 26, 1948), who was making his U.S. debut as a conductor and composer.

Soulima did not have much to work with. He had pieced together a score from his favorite Scarlatti sonatas for...

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