Music: It Ain't Necessarily So

Is U.S. music bad, or is it just not getting a hearing? Of 739 pieces sung or played in Manhattan's three biggest concert halls last year, only 45—less than 7% —were composed by Americans. Outside New York, artists and conductors were even less apt to be venturesome.

Composer Douglas Moore,* director of Columbia University's music department, says that more U.S. music is worth a hearing, but is not getting it. In this week's Saturday Review of Literature he put the blame on the music industry's "scramble for the big money," in which "the old and the familiar" sell best.

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