Music: Musicians' Plight

The U.S. echoes unceasingly with music—from giant horns in air, rail and bus terminals, from hidden speakers in public eating places, from home record players, radios and TV sets. In addition to mechanized melody, there is more live serious music being played than ever before—the number of U.S. symphony orchestras has passed 1,000 and is still growing, and there is a more modest increase in ballet and the opera.

A nasty slash of paradox defaces this pretty picture: though membership of the American Federation of Musicians last week stood at an alltime peak of 256,000, there are fewer jobs for U.S....

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