Music: Young Russia

Serge Prokofieff, famed Russian modernist composer, has a scunner against Boston. Seven years ago, when his Fourth Symphony was premièred there, supercilious Bostonians pooh-poohed it, critics even dared to suggest that it was written in too much of a hurry. Last week blond, lumbering Prokofieff, guest-conducting the Boston Symphony, evened the score. "If the public in Boston cannot understand my serious music," said irate Composer Prokofieff, "I'm going to give them simple things." One of the simple things was his Peter and the Wolf, a musical fairy tale written to teach the...

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