Music: Aging Modernists

Homeward from Salzburg last week after an anniversary festival trekked the Young Turks of 20th century music.They carried the sobering knowledge that many of them were not young any longer—indeed, not even "Turks" any more.

Their first Salzburg gathering 30 years ago was a different story. They were ardent young musical modernists in those days, and they founded an organization for mutual support: the International Society for Contemporary Music. The charter promised that the I.S.C.M. would "protect and encourage especially those [musical] tendencies that are experimental and difficult to approach." In plain language,...

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