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July 5, 1941

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JAMA. 1941;117(1):39. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820270039015

VITAMIN INSPIRED MUSIC  At a recent concert the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed a hitherto unheard composition bearing the modest title "Two Symphonic Impressions." The composer, Carl Eppert, is a native of Indiana, at present a resident of Milwaukee and winner of the first prize in a competition offered by the Orchestral Association in connection with the Golden Jubilee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The award was made by John Barbirolli, conductor of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra; Eugene Ormandy, conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Deems Taylor, composer and critic. Of particular interest is the fact that the music was inspired by the vitamins. According to the program notes the composition was originally intended as music for a ballet whose choreography was based on a battle between preventive medicine and disease. The introduction was to be descriptive of the discovery of vitamins; one portion was to represent vitamin A and

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