Music: Lennie's Grand Old Men

At the New York Philharmonic's "preview" concert last week, Conductor Leonard Bernstein, looking like a conjurer, proudly produced from the wings a trio of musical pioneers. "They are," said Lennie happily, "the real article—salty, peppery, unconventional and eternally young in spirit." Onto the stage to take their bows came Lennie's "grand old men": Wallingford Riegger, 73; John Becker, 72; Carl Ruggles, 82. The trio's presence in Carnegie Hall lent substance to Lennie's argument that the history of U.S. symphonic music can be pretty well traced in the span of a single lifetime.


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