Music: Revelation in Berlin

Berlin concertgoers were showered with more American orchestral music last week than they had ever heard at once before, and found it a treatment, if not altogether a treat. The concert took place in the Music High School, with the West Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Louisville's Moritz Bombard. It was organized by the American Composers Alliance. The capacity audience, including a large contingent of East Berliners, went expecting a program of chaotic and jittery sound, heard instead some very agreeable and orderly music.

Reactions ranged from enthusiasm to bewilderment for works by Henry Cowell, Douglas Moore, Alan Hovhaness, Ulysses Kay,...