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Book Review of B.L. Scherer's "A History of American Classical Music"

December 11, 2007

The Wall Street Journal
By Erich Eichman

A Sound Portrait

“Most American concert-goers are likely to know a long list of European symphonists and opera composers but only a few American ones. And they are likely to feel unembarrassed by such tepid chauvinism. After all, isn't the European tradition the ‘great’ one?”

“Barrymore Laurence Scherer, a frequent contributor to the Journal's Leisure & Arts pages, sets out to correct this imbalance in ‘A History of American Classical Music, profiling America's own long list of composers and highlighting the major works of each, or at least the works that have made a claim on our attention. John Cage's 4'33’, for instance, made history without making music.”   12/04/2007 The Wall Street Journal

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