Music: Sounding a Joyous Jubilee

Three premieres celebrate the diversity of American composing

What was it like to be in Vienna during the heyday of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert? Music lovers today can only wonder enviously, but within a single week recently Americans had the extraordinary opportunity to discover new works by three of their country's leading masters. In New York City with the Israel Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, 68, unveiled his high-spirited Jubilee Games. In Miami, Elliott Carter, 77, heard the Composers Quartet chart his latest passage through twelve-tone thickets in his String Quartet No. 4. And in Philadelphia, there was the premiere of Queenie Pie, a little-known "street opera" by Duke Ellington. Rarely...

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