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.

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