Fall 1962 • Vol. XXIV No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1962 |

A Concert at Williams College by the Budapest String Quartet

Beethoven: String Quartet in F minor, Opus 95 Bartók: String Quartet No. 6 Schubert: Stnrng Quartet in A minor, Opus 29   Old Ludwig tossed his shaggy mane And Mr. Chapin smiled and bowed, Ralph Adams Cram, quite out of sorts, Muttered dejectedly, off-stage, As the four fiddlers bravely ploughed In simulated peace or rage Through movements elegant or loud, While All-America supplied The motley, animated throng Of crew-cut youths and beetle-browed Professors, wives and ancient ladies With formal, unrelenting faces, Who, packed inside the steaming oven Properly known as Chapin Hall, Could be relied on not to applaud The Schubert, Bartók, and Beethoven Except at the appointed places. Ralph Adams Cram, as Ludwig thundered, Scratched his poll and looked about Through chinks in the dim organ-loft At the broad ornamental vault, Which served for sounding board and ceiling,Noted where paint was worn and peeling, Sweated and fidgeted and wondered In Gothic horror and amazement

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