The State of Our Music

The State of Our Music

“Simply this, that the country as a whole is still in its P T Barnum period of musical activity, a phase of development which must be gone through with just as a child must inevitably pass through a chain of infant diseases.”

Do you think this is true? Do you know who wrote it and when it was published?

In preparing for my December announcement, I read again this wonderful article by Gordon Balch Nevin from 1922, “What Small-Town Music Needs.” I am including a link to it on my page, which will be available tomorrow, for Nevin’s Toccata in D Minor. This came about because of requests — two by email, three on Youtube, and a few more scattered around blogs and email lists. It’s a fun piece, and I am including two recordings of it and also the free PDF of Nevin’s clever article.

For those who are curious, here are two maps of music in America. They are interactive and show which music is popular in our oh-so musically challenged country. (Don’t look for “classical” because it is so small as to be statistically insignificant and so is omitted.)

The Most Popular Music Genre By State: The Music America’s Listening To

From Google Research

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