Music: Tank Corps

In the California desert 175 miles east of Los Angeles row upon row of darkly tanned U.S. tank soldiers sprawled and squatted, Indian style, in the dry dust. A battery of klieg lights lit up the overcast, night. One soldier climbed a telephone pole and perched there all evening.

The men were there to hear mop-maned Leopold Stokowski and the Los Angeles Philharmonic play Shostakovich's new Seventh (Leningrad) Symphony (TIME, July 20). Black-tailed musicians filed out in the jerry-built unpainted shell. When a shapely blonde violinist took her place in the rear row,...

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