The Press: Critic at Large

Brooks Atkinson covered Broadway for 35 years before the New York Times gave him the honorific title critic at large. But George Gelles, music critic of the Boston Herald Traveler for just two months, reached the same status last week. And he is only 27. What accounts for the sudden rise?

Years of music study, for one thing —at the Manhattan School of Music, Princeton, Brandeis and a year of graduate work at the Free University in Berlin. At Manhattan, Gelles studied under Michael Steinberg, a distinguished musicologist who now writes reviews for the Boston Globe. Like Steinberg, Critic Gelles insists upon...

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