Music: Domestic Tranquillity

"I regard music as I do food," says New Orleans Industrialist (chemicals) Edward B. Benjamin. "I relish different types at different times." Last year he decided that there was not enough "tranquil" music in the world, so he established a $1,000 Benjamin Award to encourage more of it. Music Lover Benjamin's specifications: compositions would have to be: I) for full orchestra, 2) of not more than ten minutes' duration, 3) tranquil. Benjamin's further explanation: "Hundreds of thousands of Americans bring work home at night. Tranquil music is the kind that can be listened to as one works—with perhaps inspirationa results."* In...

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