Surge of Interest in Serious Music
A ccolades won abroad by America's musical “ambassadors of good will” give abundant evidence of the growing stature of American music in the eyes of the world. Not many years ago Americans were looked upon in foreign countries as an unmusical people. Their unique contribution of jazz in the field of popular music was recognized, but on the whole the people of the United States were believed to lack discrimination, creativity, or any wish to foster serious music.
Today American performers and the works of American composers are heard and acclaimed on every continent, due largely to government sponsorship of cultural exchange programs in which music has been given an important place. At home musical activity abounds, not only in ...