Music: Tin Ears in Germany?

Ever since Bach, Germany has been considered (and has considered itself) the center of the musical universe. No other nation could match its composers, conductors and performers. But recently the tradition has seemed tarnished, and last week German music lovers were examining the problem posed in two newspaper articles with the ominous title: "Will Germany Remain a Musical Country?"

The postwar generation of German composers consists principally of Hans Werner Henze and Karlheinz Stockhausen, two talented avantgardists. Among conductors, only Wolfgang Sawallisch stands out. But the articles' authors (Music Instructors Wilhelm Maler, Wolfgang...

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