Music: Premieres

Composer George Rochberg, 40, has a distaste for "the terribly logical ways of classical music" and a yen for the rockier paths of atonality. Composer Norman Dello Joio, 46, is an unabashed romantic with a lucidly lyrical touch and scorn for the "black-noted paper" school of composers, who "feel sorry for themselves because they are misunderstood." Last week Composers Rochberg and Dello Joio each unveiled new works.

¶ Rochberg's Symphony No. 2, as performed by the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell, was a thickly textured, darkly intense work that moved in a riptide of conflicting rhythms and clashing dissonances. It opened...

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