What do you expect to hear when someone says “American music?” Judith Lang Zaimont, Composer

Judith Lang Zaimont
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What is ‘American music’?

  1. It reflects the vital, energized, young and action-oriented nation we are.
    In general it’s color-sensitive, edgy and, more often than not, pulsed — wickedly pulsed. It likes to take chances, and, as befits our polyglot national character, sometimes incorporates a staggering variety of modes of expression.
  2. In a very real sense, it is the lifeblood of our country expressed in sound.
  3. Any/all music written or improvised by Americans.

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