Music: Plum Pudding

Leon Kirchner is little known outside an energetic circle of highbrow musicians, but he is one of the most promising U.S. composers. At 35 he has won his share of prizes, among them a $5,000 award from the University of California, a National Institute of Arts and Letters award, a Walter W. Naumburg Foundation award, two Guggenheim fellowships, the imposing New York Music Critics Circle award.

Last week Composer Kirchner. an associate professor of music at U.S.C., added a new plum to his rich pudding: he was named a full professor at California's up-to-date...

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