Music: Discord in Los Angeles

The sedate Los Angeles Philharmonic met competition last week—and did not much like it. The upstart who provided the competition was a hawk-eyed, gloomy-looking U.S. composer-conductor, Werner Janssen, who, well in advance of the Philharmonic's opening, led his 48 musicians through their first concert of the season.

Son of the late Manhattan restaurant keeper ("Janssen Wants to See You"), Werner Janssen pounded and hacked his way to a musical career, over the grim opposition of his father, who wanted him to carry on in Janssen's Hofbrau. In the early 1930s the younger Janssen made his splash with Europe's great orchestras, was rated...

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