Sounds American to Me

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Whenever I travel outside of the U.S., I'm always struck by the presence of American music, particularly our popular music.  You hear it in hotels, clubs, on cruise ships, etc. People around the world respond viscerally to our music even if they're not English speakers. So on this week's Q2, we'll delve into the roots of American music and take a closer look at the movers and shakers that created its innovative sounds.

We'll begin with Scott Joplin, and listen to American and European composers who used our fascinating rhythms and melodies in the concert hall. We'll also hear from composers born outside of this country, who are continuing the tradition of discovery and finding new sound, right here in New York.

What do you think is the global appeal of American music?