American Music?

American Music?

American Music?    15:32 on Saturday, March 04, 2006          

(15 points)
Posted by Peter_Williams

I think it's pretty pathetic these days how so few schools and orchestras in America play American Music. There's so many great American composers like Howard Hanson, Samuel Barber, David Diamond, Aaron Copeland, just to name a few. Am I the only highschooler that listens to American classical music?

Re: American Music?    19:31 on Sunday, March 05, 2006          

(100 points)
Posted by AnneMarii

I like American classical music sometimes. Copeland is awesome!


I am a high schooler.

Re: American Music?    17:31 on Tuesday, March 21, 2006          

(36 points)
Posted by phonascus

I definately agree. Even though most European Classical music kicks serious behind, I'd have to say that Copland is my favorite composer. Nobody can listen to his "Organ Symphony" and say that the man wasn't brilliant.

Re: American Music?    16:33 on Sunday, May 28, 2006          

(77 points)
Posted by Leoml88

unfortunately, all we play in school is american music. our band director is a dumb uncultured oaf who really shouldn't be a band director. all he truly knows is jazz. this year, we played 3 pieces for evaluation. Fairest of the Fair March by Sousa, Canzona by Peter Mennin, and A movement for Rosa by Mark Camphouse. All 3 pieces suck horribly. there is so much more european music out there thats good.

however, i still have to give honorable mentions to Copland, Gershwin, and Bernstein, as these 3 American composers are simply amazing.

Re: American Music?    22:45 on Tuesday, July 04, 2006          

(32 points)
Posted by myoung23

I would recommend visiting the Manhattan Beach Music website, where you can find recordings and info about current and emerging modern day American (classical) composers.

I recommend listening to "Blue Shades" by Frank Ticheli


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