Music: Composer for Titans

Says Brooklyn's Aaron Copland of Brooklyn's Roger Sessions: "He writes his music for titans." Mainly for that reason, Composer Sessions, 64, enjoys a doubtful distinction in contemporary music: he is more often seen than heard. To make "the music as well known as the name," Northwestern University and the Fromm Music Foundation last week sponsored the first "retrospective one-man exhibition" of Sessions' works. In three days the audience heard ten compositions—or more than half of Sessions' lifetime output.

The most immediately appealing work on the program was also one of the earliest—Suite from...

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