Music: Comes the Contemporary

Conductor Leopold Stokowski is driven by a double urge: to play contemporary music, and to get it heard by as many people as possible. After a quarter-century with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he resigned, formed his first-class All-American Youth Orchestra, and toured with it as far as South America. When that broke up because of the war, he spread himself around, guest-conducting in almost every city that had a good orchestra. Wherever he went he gathered new scores, played many of them, and catalogued all according to his own hieroglyphic filing system against the...

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