Music: Moderns at Work

New music is enjoying a booming season. Audiences have a chance to shop among dozens of new works, many by well-known U.S. composers, some by composers seldom before in the public eye or ear. Some of the successes and more ambitious failures:

¶ A 45-minute operatic treatment of Honoré de Balzac's spine-tingler La Grande Bretêche, with music by California-born Stanley Hollingsworth, 32, pupil and protégé of Gian Carlo Menotti. Commissioned by the NBC Opera Company, Bretêche closely follows the Balzac tale—a bedroom farce given the Grand Guignol treatment— about a wife who hastily conceals...

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