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Sousa, John P. (1854-1932) to John W. Hughes

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.231 Author/Creator: Sousa, John P. (1854-1932) Place Written: s.l. Type: Typed letter signed Date: 12 March 1930 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Sousa writes to Hughes remarking that the only way of judging music is whether or not it has beauty. He discusses differences between composers of the "olden days" and those of today. Sousa believes inspiration for writing music comes from something above oneself, and that contemporary compositions written from knowledge of harmonic structure alone lack the quality of inspiration.

People: Sousa, John Philip, 1854-1932.

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Keywords/Subjects: Music, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Religion

Sub Era: The Great Depression