Do American dialects include American music?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Jan 2 01:10:37 UTC 2013

Tuesday evening -- 9:30-11:00 in Boston -- public television will air
"Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy."  An article in the Boston Globe
today says that "one passage [in the program] explores how bent and
'blue' notes were common in Jewish music, and how that dissonance was
symbolic of angst and struggle. 'Doesn't that sound Jewish to you?'
asks composer Stephen Schwartz ('Wicked') after playing some minor
chords. He then plays a brighter tune and says, 'That sounds sort of


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