Copland on Music

Copland on Music

Copland on Music

Copland on Music

Excerpt

This book contains a selection of occasional pieces about music and musicians written over a span of more than thirty years. Since many of them appeared in magazines and newspapers that are not easily accessible it is only natural that I should wish to make them available in more permanent form. Included also are some few articles printed here for the first time. Reading them together should help to make more evident one composer's view- point.

The opening section of the book concerns itself with thoughts about music as an art and with my enthusiasms for certain composers and musicians. The last section touches upon different phases of that perennial problem: contemporary music. In the central section I included a liberal number of how-it-seemed-then chapters, culled mostly from the musical scene of the twenties and thirties. Composers, unlike their literary counterparts in America, have only the slimmest of links with their own past. By recapturing some of the excitement of those earlier days in . . .

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