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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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Boyd, Earl, "Faculty Woodwind Quintet Program" (1976). Music Programs. 30.