Music: Baton Week

It looked like a relay race, the way conductors were passing each other their batons last week:

Bruno Walter took over the job that Artur Rodzinski no longer wanted. At 70, Walter became the one-year "musical adviser" of New York's Philharmonic-Symiphony—a job he had turned down four years ago "because of my age."

Obviously the Philharmonic would use Walter's year shopping for a permanent conductor. Next year's guest conductors were the apparent favorites in the race: Minneapolis' Dimitri Mitropoulos, Cleveland's George Szell, Paris' Charles Munch and Hollywood Bowl's Leopold Stokowski. All but Stokowski (who once was) are clients of music's Mr. Big,...

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