People: Alarums & Excursions

Alarums & Excursions In Detroit, Architect Frank Lloyd Wright hammered away again at American building habits. Said he: "America is the only nation in the history of the world that went from barbarism to degeneracy without developing a culture. And we won't have any culture until we have good architecture. Until we have a culture we won't have a true democracy."

This time it was Britain's elegantly modern Royal Festival Hall that ruffled the terrible temper of Conductor Sir Thomas Beecham. Not in the past 350 years, Sir Thomas roared, had anyone seen "a more...