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Monday, February 21, 2005
Seventy-five years later

Rodney Listerís post (below) is fascinating for many reasons, but thereís one way of summarizing it that I find particularly haunting:
  • 1930: no one knew there was any such thing as American Folk music.
  • 2005: no one knows there is any such thing as American Art music.
Of course, these are broad generalizations, but they speak to a common blind spot in our cultural self-awareness. Why canít the most pluralistic society on the planet imagine itself creating great music of every kind?




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