A thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating collection of essays by the music critic of New York's Herold Tribune, including reviews and articles published between October 1947 and June 1950. Penetrating and lucid essays on orchestras and conductors, reviews of concerts, recitals, opera and reflections on many phases of the contemporary music scene. These are essays for the general music lover with specific as well as catholic interests. A great variety of material is covered -- music in the U.S.S.R. to modern music in the Catholic church; Koussevitzky to Beecham; pianists, singers, cellists, violinists; some opera bravos and blasts (Mr. Thomson gleefully describes one Louise as ""constantly clutching at things and people""), and the triumphs and pitfalls of modern music. Straightforward, with no prima donna sleights of hand, these are essays to be read with keenest pleasure.