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Michael Friedman: The embarrassing cousin, 31 March 2005

The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity 
by Raymond Knapp.
Princeton, 361 pp., £22.95, December 2004, 0 691 11864 7
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... the musical holds its own lonely place in culture; it doesn’t quite belong to anyone. Raymond Knapp is a musicologist who has in the past written about Brahms and Tchaikovsky. In setting out to explain ‘how and why musicals have mattered to people, and to American culture generally’, he argues that their central preoccupation is with ...

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