Summer 1940 • Vol. II No. 3 Nonfiction |

Music Chronicle: Panorama of the Season in New York

The symbolic landscape before my mind’s eye is in motion. It resembles what might have been the earth’s crust during the Algonkian Epoch. The ruddy mountains, interspersed with hillocks and mounds, that compose it are by and large in process of ascendance. Some are rising more rapidly than others; a few seem in reverse motion. This image is the fanciful deposit of the lately concluded season of concerts in New York and radio broadcasts and phonograph releases. With its general inclination the picture represents the amount of interest in the music of the composers — doubtless encouraged by the mechanical means of reproduction, and visible through the New York season — currently swelling in the American public. The more rapidly mounting peaks for their part symbolize work by individuals freshly attracting this musical America as an whole; the subsiding masses, compositions losing an appeal which formerly they exercised. The hillocks and the mounds indicate work fascinating the

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