Music: Opera by Americans

There's no quartering here

or things of that kind,

it's improved for our benefit

I'm glad to find .. .

The slop pot is right there

under your nose,

a lot of progress

is what it shows.

The author of this Candide-like scrap of philosophizing is one Joseph Schweik, private first class in the Czech army during World War I. Cheerful Sad-Sack Schweik first turned up back in the 1920s in Czech Novelist Jaroslav Hasek's antimilitary satire, The Good Soldier Schweik. Last week he popped up on the stage of Manhattan's City Center in the premiere...

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