Music: New Stravinsky Ballet

One way of approaching Igor Stravinsky's new ballet Agon, in première at the New York City Center last week, is through a kind of game. The game: listening to the score alone (on an excellent new Columbia disk) and trying to imagine what a choreographer could possibly make of it. Here and there the music suggests images of human activity. Fanfares sound: Are they bugle calls for some grand but ragged army? A truncated funeral march is heard: Is a man or an age being mourned? A troubadour's mandolin sounds a little sour: Is...

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