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308 The National Music of America.
Chicago, and his influence there has been very beneficent. At the World's Fair in Chicago, the work of this classical musician was apparent in every orchestral detail.
With the World's Fair of 1893, we come to the paths of strictly national music again, for the committee of that mighty festival appealed to the great American composers to furnish new selections that should be national music. The result was again a proof that such music is not made to order, for, although our greatest composers were heard from, nothing that can by any stretch of fancy be called permanent, resulted. A similar result attended the effort to bring national music out of the Centennial Expo­sition at Philadelphia, in 1876, a most bom­bastic march by the great Wagner, which was composed for the occasion, being about as national as a performance of " Rienzi" would have been.
A festival which took place before either
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