Music: The Three-Minute While

Which living composer is most often played by U.S. symphonies? Most concertgoers would guess Stravinsky, and they would be right. Not far behind, according to a survey by Broadcast Music Inc., are some other easily predictable names—Copland. Hindemith, Barber. But U.S. concertgoers are also exposed, the survey shows, to massive doses of a composer whose music they may be surprised to find on a concert program. He is Connecticut's Leroy Anderson.

Anderson's music has infiltrated the public ear most persuasively through television's Late Show, its theme music is from a mesmeric Anderson work...

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