This book is the literary legacy of a national music festival in St. Louis, organized to identify as clearly as possible the specifically native character of music originating in the United States of America. The festival—the Bicentennial Horizons of American Music and the Performing Arts (B.H.A.M.)—sponsored more than 250 performances and workshops between Flag Day and Independence Day 1976. It was the only event of the Bicentennial celebration to address itself to a survey and evaluation of the musical development of this country.
1 Americanism in Music: A Composer’s View, 2 Music with an American Accent, 3 Social and Moral Music: The Hymn, 4 Charles Ives’s Optimism: or, The Program’s Progress, 5 The Other Side of Black Music, 6 The Music of American Indians, 7 American Folksong: Some Comments on the History Collection and Archiving, 8 Popular Music: The Sounds of the Many, 9 Jazz as an Urban Music, 10 The Exhilarating Adventure of New Music in the U.S.A. since 1950, 11 American Musical Theater, 12 Musical Corporations in America.