Music: Sound Ballet

By preference, New York's tabloid Daily News (circ. 2,250,000) sticks to a sturdy guttural in judging the more delicate and esoteric works of man. But last week the News pulled the plug and let the adjectives flow for a new ballet.

"Enchanting, stimulating, beautiful, active, lively, lovely, colorful, unusual, and just plain sound ballet," said the News, and the rest of the critics agreed. With his new Caracole, George Balanchine, composer of probably more ballets—and certainly fewer flops—than any other living choreographer, wowed them again.

Balanchine wanted to use Mozart's sprightly Divertimento in B Flat (K. 287) for his 73rd ballet. Four days...

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