Major figures in American music [M-R] : [oral history].


Atkins, Irene Kahn, 1922-. Major figures in American music [M-R] : [oral history].

Major figures in American music [M-R] : [oral history].

Major Figures in American Music is the core unit of Oral History, American Music. The unit consists of interviews with approximately 320 composers, performers, and other significant musicians. Each interview covers a wide range of the subject's work and life experiences, and many subjects have been interviewed on more than one occasion, often over a number of years. In addition to interviews with the primary subjects, Major Figures in American Music also includes testimonies from secondary sources about Harry Lawrence Freeman, George Gershwin, Percy Grainger, Quincy Porter, and Arnold Schoenberg.

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