After Robert Ward left The Eastman School of Music in the 1930â€™s, he went on to study with Aaron Copland. Ward crafted a musical language that would earn him a 1962 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his opera The Crucible, based on Arthur Millerâ€™s iconic play. (Wardâ€™s son says he remembers finding his parents unexpectedly drinking champagne in the kitchen; thatâ€™s how he found out his father had won a Pulitzer.)
Pack your bags. Take a weekend to explore. There are obscure and fascinating destinations for music history geeks sprinkled throughout New York State. Iâ€™ve touched on some of these before, but here they are, laid out for your next road trip.
Edisonâ€™s phonograph made recording easy and relatively inexpensive, knocking the door wide open for lots of independent recording labels to start up and enjoy success. Of these labels, Columbia and Victor grew to become two of the most successful, and have contributed to technological advances that furthered the music industry.
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