The Musical Life

The Musical Life

The Musical Life

The Musical Life

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A recent occurrence in London brought into focus an aspect of American musical life which requires attention if the interest of more than a few is not to expire. It was a program of orchestral music directed by the Romanian Constantin Silvestre. It began with the "closing" scene from Götterdämmerung , proceeded with Debussy three Nocturnes , then offered Scriabin Poem of Ecstasy , with Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms in conclusion. It bore the title "The Retreat from Wagner."

With or without title, the clear implication is that whoever devised the program saw his task as no mere selection of individual items totaling seventy-five minutes of music, but as the planning of a sequence with some internal relationship, balance, and continuity. How well Silvestre accomplished his task I can judge only from the English press comments, which were more than ordinarily enthusiastic. But whether or not he did justice to all the music, how refreshing a change from the average American symphony orchestra program running a predictable course from a standard over-

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