The MTT Files - Program 2: What Does America Sound Like? - Part 1
Before 1900, there was no real American concert music. But only 20 years later, composers had begun to break the hold of European standards for art and were experimenting in earnest with ways to portray an American sound.
In this program, MTT reviews what American classical music was like at the turn of the 20th century, and asks what it was about the cultural melting pot of places like Brooklyn that led us beyond Beethoven and Brahms, to our very own concert music. Aaron Copland’s modernist compositions are front and center. Featured is a recorded rehearsal of Copland’s little-known piece for women’s chorus, An Immorality, where MTT demonstrates the raucous sounds the composer was striving for in his earlier works.
This is the 2nd episode in The MTT Files radio series.