Music: Lessons at 67

Aging Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, 67, took to the pages of Paris' literary monthly, La Table Ronde, with some of the lessons of his musical life.

"If you want to fill a concert hall," wrote Furtwängler, who does most of his conducting in Germany nowadays, "it is more than ever the works of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven that you must play. A work by Debussy sends the box-office receipts down, and ... a poster which displays nothing but the names of living composers is a sure promise of an empty concert hall . . . There must be a reason."

Furtwängler's notion of the reason:...

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