Music: New Records, Aug. 22, 1955

The third release of Columbia's A-for-effort Modern American Music Series contains music by ten composers on five LPs. None of the selections can qualify as a masterpiece, but some of them have a solid enough appeal. String Quartet No. 1, by Russian-born Alexei Haieff (played by the Juilliard Quartet), is a gentle composition that makes the most of the ensemble's wispy, wistful potentialities. The piece is old-fashioned without embarrassment, sometimes uses modern techniques without effort. Sonata for Piano and Percussion is by one of the world's few women composers, Australia-born Peggy Glanville-Hicks, 42. A vigorous piece, it craftily blends the disparate...

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