Chapter

Music on My Beat

Arthur Berger

in Reflections of an American Composer

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780520232518
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928213 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520232518.003.0011
Music on My Beat

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In this chapter, the author shares his personal experience of being a music critic. He elaborates that the most consuming experience was one that caused him years of inconvenience and exasperation. It was a suit filed against the Tribune in 1952 by the Yaysnoff sisters, a two-piano team entirely new to the local concert stage, who argued that he had libeled them in a review that appeared in the 30 July paper covering their performance the previous evening as soloists with the New York Philharmonic. The proliferation of reviews of pop and dance events in the most recent decades has confronted the longhair music columnist with serious competition that did not exist in his time. In the Times serious music seems to have held its own, though it still tends to be overshadowed by the other arts. The chapter reveals the author's area of work and its ups and downs.

Keywords: music critics; New York Philharmonic; music columnists; Tribune; Times; Yaysnoff sisters; libel; music reviews

Chapter.  7894 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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