Music: The Master's Voice

Another book about Igor Stravinsky? No, not just another book. Lillian Libman's A nd Music at the Close: Stravinsky's Last Years, published this week (Norton; $9.95), has already, sight unseen, caused the music world's most con brio feud of the decade. Engaging in a bit of pre-publication drumbeating last spring, Libman disclosed that her book would challenge the familiar portrait of Stravinsky in his later years—a portrait produced by his literary collaborations with his co-conductor, aide and surrogate son Robert Craft (TIME, June 26).

In a seemingly unending series of magazine articles, not to mention six semiautobiographical books, Stravinsky had appeared as...

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