An interesting, critical, appreciative survey, written with color and vitality, in which the author successfully avoids the pitfall of piling fact on fact. A comprehensive panorama of music in America, from the age of innocence demanding sensationalism, through the growing pains of learning to appreciate the worthwhile, to an adult conception of standards and values of musical excellence. Early personalities, programs, types of music; pioneers in concert, orchestra, chamber and choral music; the awakening of audiences and the new era in musical appreciation. Civic music and music in everyday life. The benefits of mechanization. The fetish of the conductor. American composers and artists and the influx of European musicians. The future of music. Good general study for the layman as well as the specialist.