Music: New Elizabethans

Before the world première of a new ballet last week, Lincoln Kirstein, general director of the New York City Ballet, came out of the wings and made a little hands-across-the-sea speech. Picnic at Tintagel, he explained, is something very special. It is not only an all-English affair, with choreography by Frederick Ashton of Sadler's Wells, scenery and costumes by Cecil Beaton and music by Sir Arnold Bax. It might even be called "the first fruits of the new Elizabethan age."

On sampling, the new age proved to have a strong flavor of the past:...

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