"American music may be entering its golden age." Howard Hanson, director of the Eastman School of Music, told a Paine Hall audience last night. "Whether it will come in our lifetime I don't know, but the signs of spring are everywhere."
The talk completed the first series of Louis C. Elson Memorial Music lectures.
Describing the rapid growth of American music since 1880. Hanson listed four elements necessary for a "golden age:" a wealth of creative talent, ample educational opportunities for the young composer, a "natural" relationship between composer and performer, and a willing and interested audience for new music.