AbstractORCHEST3EA The Plow That Broke the Plains (Suite for Orchestra), by [New York: Music Press, Inc. Full score, Virgil Thomson. This music was used in the United $3.50; parts, 35c ea.] film of the same name. States Government It uses American folk material set with modern harmonies and well orchesMr. Thomson trated. feels that the wind instruevidently ments best express !the tone colors necessary in painting a rural picture. The strings are subordinate to the winds most of the suite. The instrumentation calls for through English horn, doubled in one part, saxophones, guitar, banjo, and full percussion parts, in addition to the usual instruments. for orchestras which have good soloists Highly recommended on all wind instruments. -Paul Van Bodegraven STRINGS Music for Strings, [New York: Music by Quincy Porter. Full score, $2.50; parts, 30c Series. Press, Inc. Contemporary of Music, Quincy ea.] Dean of the New England Conservatory Porter is known and respected by lovers of string ensemble for string quartet and bass, makes music. This composition, demands of the upon the technical equipment very moderate of a rigorous, first movement, It consists forthright players. serene andante which followed by a contrastingly finally into a perky allegro giojoso.