Music: Comradely Criticism

Ataulfo Argenta, Spain's No. 1 conductor (TIME, July 13), was in hot water. At the invitation of Madrid's literary magazine Ateneo, he had written out his views on the state of modern music in Spain—and candidly compared two highly delicate periods, 1922-36 (before Franco) and 1939-53 (after Franco).

In pre-Franco days, said he, such composers as Falla, Turina and Oscar Espla "kept their windows open to the outer world," and wrote fine, arresting stuff. Now: "Our composers are living with their backs turned to current musical trends . . . Our standing is just...

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