Music: Forum for Moderns

New Jersey-born Violinist Max Polikoff has a theory about modern composers: "Death doesn't enhance them, only possibly their music." To enhance the composer while he is still alive is Violinist Polikoffs avocation. Last week, in Manhattan's 92nd Street Y.M.H.A., Polikoff gave the sixth concert in his annual "Music in Our Time" series, one of the nation's most remarkable sounding boards for contemporary compositions.

The program was provocative: four works by four U.S. composers, three of whom are little known. Bennington College's Louis Calabro was represented by the premiere of his Sonata for Piano; Brooklyn College's Josef Alexander offered his Songs for Eve;...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!