Music: Rite of Autumn

Igor Stravinsky's new opera. The Rake's Progress, headed into the Metropolitan Opera for its U.S. premiere last week and there, before a large audience of well-wishers (and an estimated 9,000,000 who listened on radio), fell flat on it's libretto. Continental capitals, more used to new operas than the U.S., had taken The Rake pretty much in stride since its Venetian premiere (TIME, Sept.24, 1951). But as the first modern work the Met had produced in five years, it seemed pretty effete. Written by Poet W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman as an 18th century moral fable, The Rake's book pointed...

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