Composers: Music from Manhattan

Since the work was commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, it was only right and proper that Aaron Copland should entitle it Music for a Great City—diplomatically leaving the city's precise locale to the imagination of his audience. But Copland had no more than struck the downbeat at his new work's premiere last week when it was obvious to everyone in the packed house at Royal Festival Hall just what city they were hearing about. Great City is an unmistakable evocation of Manhattan. It might well be titled "An American in New York."

In an intricate play of...

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