Music: Lennie's Brainchildren

At 33, Leonard Bernstein is the most versatile professional music maker in the U.S.; wrapped up in his ingratiating person are a conductor, pianist, composer, librettist, lecturer and festivalist. A year ago it crossed his mind, not for the first time, that he was too versatile for his own good; he announced that he would retire from public life to catch up on his composing. Last week, at Brandeis University's first Festival of the Creative Arts in Waltham, Mass., Lennie Bernstein husked the fruit of his year's work, a "little opera" called Trouble in Tahiti.

The 35-minute composition began with a spine-tingling...

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