Music: Bread & Butter

To the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Conductor Charles Munch, the new concerto was "horribly difficult," but it had its good features; it "exploited the orchestra very adroitly, used the modern language" effectively and, altogether, it was "très intéressant." Pudgy Violinist Isaac Stern agreed. He had "worked and worked until the music was part of me." When his fiddling was finished, he grinned up into the balcony of Symphony Hall, then hammed his exit offstage, staggering as if brutally exhausted. Up in the balcony, smiling Composer William Schuman seemed satisfied with the rehearsal for the...

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