Searching For The Great American Symphony

Searching For The Great American Symphony

Leonard Bernstein's Age of Anxiety symphony is as unconventional as its creator.
An incredible roster of musicians gathered at Carnegie Hall in 2009 to play Terry Riley's epic 'In C' — with the complete, but only single-page, score projected overhead.

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Composer Marc Blitzstein (left) with Leonard Bernstein studying the score of a Blitzstein work during a 1947 recording session.
Charles Ives, better known as an insurance executive in his time, wrote innovative symphonies incorporating American folk and hymn tunes.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts is still inspired by the age-old symphonic form.