An Hour with American Music

An Hour with American Music

An Hour with American Music

An Hour with American Music

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American music is not jazz. Jazz is not music. Jazz remains a striking indigenous product, a small, sounding folk-chaos, counterpart of other national developments. What we call music , however, is a force, adjusted to the stream of the world in which materials float and elements play, and active like them upon the human situation; and, bold and debonair as it is, seductive with woodwind in minor thirds and fuller of bells than a bayadere, our characteristic "dance- music" is cheerfully quiescent. Foxtrot and charleston, its special figures, have supplied several ultramodern composers with happy motives--Milhaud, Copland, Hindemith, Chavez, Auric, among others. So, too, its novel instrumental effects; since jazz composers have been ingenious in combining timbres savoursomely. It may, conceivably, contain a spirit in embryo, the palpitancy, the peculiar giddy . . .

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