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GG: not GG (mid-twentieth century American music -- brain-picking solicitation)

Here's a question off our group's general subject -- Is anyone out there in
GG cyberpsace interested in mid-twentieth century American music? After
becoming a GG fanatic, I listened to a lot of Bach, and I have slowly been
moving along through Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. The latter two
composers sent me on a tangent listening to Cortot and Horowitz. Then, I was
so blown away by Horowitz' playing that I started a small Horowitz
collection, which eventually took me to his recording of the Barber Piano
Sonata -- a fantastic piece, and a thrilling performance. That got me
interested in listening to more Barber, which in turn made me curious about
other American composers of the same era, which leads me to ask my question.
Does anyone out there have familiarity with and strong positive and/or
negative views about William Schuman, Roy Harris, Piston, Howard Hanson,
Elliot Carter, or others? How about recommended works and/or recordings? I
think my ears are ready for some atonality (although lyricism and motivic
clarity al a Barber is certainly preferred), and possibly 12-tone music, but
probably not for serialism. 

Any and all responses will be welcome.

Thanks --

Daniel Baldwin
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