Music: No Strings

No country in the world is more thickly populated with orchestras than West Germany. The music-loving West Germans support no fewer than 94 professional symphonies with full-year contracts. But Europe's most musical country is in danger of losing some of its best orchestras at a time when the audience for serious music is growing steadily. There is an alarming shortage of West German musicians, particularly violinists.

In the U.S., where many a young hopeful gets lost among the wind instruments of his high school band, orchestras have been hampered by a violinist shortage for several decades. But the shortage is not...

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