Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Neglected Americana at Aspen

As Colorado’s Aspen Music Festival stages a summer season of neglected modern Americana – symphonic works by Walter Piston, Roger Sessions, William Schuman, George Antheil, Peter Mennin, Roy Harris and others – the festival’s CEO, Alan Fletcher, writing for The Guardian, examines the divide between the American composers, such as Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein, whose theatrical or narrative music has secured a place in the repertory, and those whose more abstract works have not: