Music: New Limelight at 60

Czech Composer Bohuslav Martinu wrote a slapstick one-act opera in 1937 called Comedy on the Bridge. It was a satire on war, and everybody had a good time when they heard the Prague radio premiere that year. Says Expatriate Martinu, sad-eyed, 60, and full of memories of Munich and its aftermath: "Six months later, I could not have written it."

Last week the Opera Workshop of Manhattan's Mannes School of Music honored Martinu, its most distinguished faculty member, with two bang-up performances —the first in the U.S.—of his old one-acter. Most startled with its...

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