Music: Harris No. 8

Modern music, according to Composer Roy Harris, has "gotten off the track: it went for dissonance, and that's a dull palette; but America is going to come out of that." To help speed the escape, Composer Harris. 63. has produced vast quantities of music in the folksy, melodic style that put his name on the U.S. musical map 30 years ago. Last week, still waging the good fight for consonance, Harris heard his eighth symphony given its premiere by the San Francisco Symphony. It proved to be as strong a score as Harris fans have heard in years.

Written on commission from...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!