Music: Indiana Melody

Songwriter Hoagy (Stardust) Carmichael was not sure he was quite up to the job. "I know my limitations . . . I'm not a student of music." But on the other hand, he did have an idea, and he was a native Indianian, and that was more than most of the other invited composers could say as they began to compose short symphonic pieces for the centennial of Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916). "I got on the telephone with [Indianapolis Symphony Conductor] Fabien Sevitzky and told him what I had in mind," said...

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