Music: Trial by Music

The musical world has no obstacle course so packed with tortures, traps and terrors as Brussels' Queen Elisabeth Concours.* Last month 59 young, healthy pianists from 20 countries turned up to compete for world renown. By last week a dozen enervated ghosts were left to ache up to the piano and venture the stipulated "transcendental difficulties" of the Concours finals (TIME, June 6. 1955). The requirements: one short solo piece, one undesignated concerto and—to assure transcendental difficulty—a modern, unpublished concerto by Brussels' Rene Defossez. The finalists were bundled into the comfortable...

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