Music: The Sublimating Baton

"He's had another seizure," said the ashen-faced concertmaster. "The maestro can't go on. Perhaps if you took a moment to look at the score . . ." The world's greatest undiscovered conductor rose from his seat on the aisle. "A score won't be necessary," said Walter Mitty quietly. "Where is the baton?"

James Thurber's pipe-dreaming hero never imagined himself conducting a symphony orchestra, but thousands of his spiritual prototypes have. To accommodate them, RCA Victor last week issued a package that encourages the hi-fi fan to do his armchair conducting openly and with proper...

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