Music: Trail Blazer from Brooklyn

In Manhattan's Aeolian Hall one afternoon in 1925, Conductor" Walter Damrosch put down his baton, turned to the audience that had just listened to the first performance of a new work by an unknown young composer. Roared Damrosch, in facetious disavowal of music that he had nonetheless thought well worth performing: "If a young man of 23 can write a symphony like that, in five years he will be ready to commit murder."

Many a listener, nerves frayed by the dissonances and the jerky jazzy rhythms he had just heard, sourly agreed. But time...

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