Composers: The Ballad of Big Bud

Some composers drink. Others dabble in love affairs. Irwin ("Bud") Bazelon goes to the race track. There, he says, "things crystallize for me. All aspects of life—hope, anxiety, success, joy, failure, anticipation—are capsulized in a two-minute ride. It stimulates me."

It also stimulates his bank account. Last week, for example, Bazelon went to the bluegrass country to oversee the recording of his Short Symphony by the Louisville Orchestra. He took advantage of the happy coincidence by flying in a few days early to take in the Kentucky Derby, bet $200 on Kauai...

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