Music: Grand Operetta

Deems Taylor is not only a charming and witty talker, a keyman in four radio programs, a highly successful scribbler of books and of introductions to other people's books; he is a composer to boot. Last week Americans were pricked into awareness of that half-forgotten fact when the enterprising Philadelphia Opera Company (TIME, Feb. 9) put on the world premiere of the first new Deems Taylor opera in eleven years, Ramuntcho.*

What the audience heard was an old-fashioned opera of love, misunderstanding and renunciation. Its six scenes, all laid in the Basque country, began...

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