In a message dated 2/3/2007 7:51:16 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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Basically, what happened was fairly simple! In the mid-fifties, the younger
folk all started listening (for the most part exclusively...I was there...)
to rock'n'roll...and, insofar as they had any interest in playing music...
they were trying to learn how to PLAY rock'n'roll! Classical music was
pretty well ignored by these people...
I was in high school and college when rock 'n' roll too k hold. But even
then I was into 78s of an older vintage. Never got into rock 'n' roll.
My senior year of college, in a science major, the Dean said I needed a
humanities elective..so I took "Appreciating American Music" taught by composer
Elie Siegmeister. I thought it would be a toss-away class, but it turned out
to be a winner. It directed my classical interests toward contemporary
American composers. I always pick up LPs by these composers, and have amassed a
fair library of such recordings. Favorites are Aaron Copeland (I have him
performing some of his early piano pieces on Columbia 78s), and Virgil Thompson.
So not EVERY kid was sucked into the rock 'n' roll mauw.