What is American song ?

Interesting think-piece in the Washington Post by Anne Midgette: “It would be wonderful to see a festival that truly celebrates all of the manifestations of American song, and that includes folk and rock and country along with the show tunes, traditional folk songs, spirituals and art songs, to represent the amazing cornucopia of music this country has produced. In the meantime, the “America Sings” festival does a service by casting its net wide enough to demonstrate the ubiquity of American song on programs all over the city, showing how much it is already a part of the fabric even of our Eurocentric classical music programming. Perhaps it’s a step toward gaining more respect for American vocal music and helping it embrace its true identity.”


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