Spirit of the Early American Symphony

unsungJoseph Horowitz writes in his book “Classical Music in America: A History” and on his blog all about the topic American symphonies. Here is an excerpt of some of his writings:

In a Young People’s Concert, Leonard Bernstein summed up the late 19th century as the “kindergarten period” of American music. Leonard Bernstein also expressed ridicule towards George Whitefield Chadwick, a Boston leading composer who was also from that era.

Read more about Horowitz’ depiction of Bernstein and his descriptions of the history of early American Symphony (facts and analysis), plus some of his samples or portrayals of how American symphonies sounded like during those “kindergarten” times here:





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