Music: Loeffler's Birthday

On a farm in Medfield, Mass., there lives a shy recluse, so distinguished in the field of music that three major orchestras arranged programs to celebrate his 70th birthday. He is Composer Charles Martin Tornov Loeffler, an Alsatian who came to the U. S. at 20, played the violin in Manhattan for a year under Theodore Thomas, then joined the Boston Symphony where for 18 years he shared the first violin desk with famed Franz Kneisel.

Composition led Violinist Loeffler to relinquish the routine of orchestra work 28 years ago. His lovely finespun Mort...

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