Music: Puffed-Rice Cantata

In Manhattan's Carnegie Hall last week, the stage was set for one of the year's most interesting musical evenings. The program booklets pictured the famous, flaxen froth of hair and the powerful profile of Conductor Leopold Stokowski. The text of the work to be performed was taken from low and lofty verses, written by 13th century wandering scholars, vagabond poets and runaway monks, collected under the title, Carmina Burana.* The music was by Carl Orff, considered by Germans to be their most important living composer. U.S. conductors also consider him important: they scheduled...

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