Music: Not Hard Enough

For 30 years, bald, parchment-faced, Austrian-born Composer Arnold Schönberg has written music so complicated that only he and a couple of other fellows understand what it is all about. This music, which sounds to the uninitiated not only queer but accidental, has been enjoyed by very few. But it has thrown the world of music into a Kilkenny cat fight. One cat camp maintains that Schönberg's music, like Einstein's theory, sounds queer because it is way over the average man's head; opponents swear that Schönberg is pulling everybody's leg, including his own, and...

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