Music: Louisville Begins

Chief condition for a composer's success: he must be dead.

Last spring, the Rockefeller Foundation decided to take some of the teeth out of this old composers' maxim, and began by bestowing a $400,000 grant on the Louisville Orchestra to enlarge that orchestra's program for commissioning and performing new works. One afternoon last week, while a goodly portion of the upper-middlebrow musical world waited for news of the proceedings, Louisville launched the new series.

The first work was Notturno, by Austria-born Ernst Toch, who now lives in California. It turned out to be a modest idyl that the 66-year-old composer describes as "visions...

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