Music: Rebels in Washington

The season's final concert of Washington's National Gallery Orchestra last week was no place for cold-blooded Yankees. The west court of the gallery rang with the words and music of such songs as The Bonnie Blue Flag, The Conquered Banner, the sentimental love song Lorena, and for a finale, Dixie, with a 40-voice chorus giving the rebel yell.

The idea for the demonstration came from the musings of Conductor-Composer Richard Bales, a Virginian himself, who has long regretted that so much music associated with the Confederacy — Dixie excepted—has fallen out of memory. From libraries, and with the help of friends, Bales...

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