Composer-critic evaluates the European movements and personalities affecting the present day composers, tracing traditions, reactions against them, from Moussorgsky, Debussy, Strauss, Mahler, Faure, Sibeus, Scriabin Bartok to Ravel, Roussel, Satie and Les Mix. Milhaud, down the line to the leading candidates in the contemporary American scene. A discussion of the new aesthetics and the music of today, with chapters on radio, on recording, on film music. Definitely a book for musicians and up-to-the-minute music lovers, rather than for the layman who is groping his way. Can be controversial in its field as it is a very personal approach, from a somewhat emotional bias.