Music: Out of the Fashion

After four years in Europe on three different fellowships, the young American composer Benjamin Lees was fast approaching the day when he would become a public trust. He labored quietly over his compositions, as first Guggenheim, then Copley, then Fulbright supported him. He wrote a symphony and some chamber music, but the peak of his abstraction came in 1958, when he spent eight months writing a violin concerto. Lacking a virtuoso to play it, he stuffed it away in a steamer trunk.

But last week Composer Lees heard his notes turned to music. Violinist...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!