Music: New Anthem

Three years ago Musical America offered a $3,000 prize for the best symphonic work to be composed by an American. The judges were Conductors Walter Damrosch, Leopold Stokowski, Alfred Hertz, Frederick Stock, Serge Koussevitzky, and they chose unanimously from 92 scores an "epic rhapsody" called America by Ernest Block That the prize-winning music was by Bloch, who is considered by many the foremost U. S. composer, and that so distinguished an array of judges had professed themselves enthusiatic and promised, each one, to give America an early performance, combined to arouse more interest than could any blatant heralding of just...

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