Music: The Hamlet of B. H. Haggin

In music, as in painting, the untutored man is at a loss. He not only does not know much about it; he is not even sure of what he likes. Last week a man who knows what he likes and is quite sure that intelligent ignoramuses can be taught to know likewise published a book to mend such matters. Music for the Man Who Enjoys 'Hamlet', by B. H. Haggin (Knopf, $2.75), the Nation's music critic, is intended primarily for laymen, but might give any musical adept pleasure for the lucidity of its musical discussion.

Haggin begins with a hypothetical citizen who...

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