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A History of American Classical Music

240 pages
Author: Barrymore Laurence Scherer
25 illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-84379-117-1
Publication date: April 2007

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A History of American Classical Music celebrates a legacy built up from Colonial times to the present, containing riches unfamiliar even to sophisticated music lovers.

Barrymore Laurence Scherer, a distinguished American author, leads the reader through an enthralling history, illustrating the importance of not only renowned names, such as Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, Joplin and Sousa, but also those formally in the shadows, such as William Henry Fry and Alan Hovhaness. And, of course, we even step into Broadway for that most American step-child of opera: the musical.

This development, tracked largely by key composers, is set against America’s tempestuous history, putting neatly into context the achievements of the time. The book also contains 2 CDs of carefully chosen music, along with information on free access to a dedicated website with hours of extra music.

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2 CDs of carefully chosen music to provide a uniquely rounded representation of this field   Free access to a dedicated website with hours of extra music


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