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In an age and time when peculiarly "American" qualities are being

emphasized in connection with the U.S. Bicentennial, this program

illustrated the truth of John Donne's maxim, "no man is an island unto

himself." To say that each of the composers represented reflects

influences of forebears is by no means to say that they lack individuality.

Still, it is no injustice to point to the influence of Hindemith

upon Heiden, Copland upon Goeb, Schoenberg on Riegger, and early

twentieth century French music upon the quintet style of Carter. As

for Whear, though his piece reflects a less specific influence, it is

well within the style of linear or dissonant counterpoint that characterizes

so much of the mainstream music of the early twentieth century,

both in Europe and the United States.

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