Music: Swedish Joker

Sad indeed is the state of musical affairs when so feeble a composition as Kurt Atterberg's wins the $10,000 Symphonic prize of the Schubert Centennial Contest (TIME, Dec. 3). So did critics mourn in Manhattan last week and in many a major city in Europe—all save Ernest Newman of the London Sunday Times who refused even to take it seriously, marked great slices in it as belonging to Dvorak, Berlioz, Stravinsky, to Schubert himself, and laughed.

In Sweden, Composer Atterberg is also a musical critic. There, reading the estimates of his symphony, he chose to laugh with Ernest Newman's review headed "Attaboy....