Music: Anti-Tonal Stravinsky

"I am becoming," said 77-year-old Igor Stravinsky, "not less but more of a serial composer." The reference was to his latest work, a twelve-minute exercise in what the most famed living composer calls "anti-tonality." Titled Movements for Piano and Orchestra, the work had its world premiere last week in Manhattan's Town Hall before an audience that was attentive and respectful, and unmoved.

Stravinsky has experimented more and more daringly in recent years with the serial or tone-row technique developed by his late great rival, Arnold Schoenberg (this technique is built on a freely selected...

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