New Works: No More Molars

In today's fiercely competitive music market, contests have become a way of life. Virtually cut off from conductors, many of whom are too busy to wade through the welter of new works, struggling young composers have discovered that one quick way to command attention is to win a musical joust. One of the most impressive of such champions is England's Wilfred Josephs; by winning the $5,000 top prize in the first La Scala competition with his Requiem, he gained international recognition and the sweet satisfaction of having conductors court him for a...

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