Books: Mind the Music & the Step

A BATON FOR THE CONDUCTOR (219 pp.)—T. L W. Hubbard—Houghfon Mifflin ($3). ] "You see," the young man told the psychiatrist, "[my uncle] began as Sir Henry Wood. Then he passed through a Beecham phase, a Boult phase and a Sargent phase . . . After that [he] began adding new tricks with each conductor he studied."

"What is your uncle's style now?"

"[It creates] the sort of sensation that goes from the nape of your neck to the base of your spine when Yehudi Menuhin reaches the theme in the Bartok concerto. You...

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