Is there great American classical music?

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music, Sunday 31 August 2014, 9pm.

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The great American conductor Leonard Slatkin turns 70 tomorrow so Catherine Bott takes the opportunity to ask 'Is there great American classical music?' 

Her investigation takes her back to hear examples from the early pioneer hymnbooks before heading into the 20th century where the American composer really came into his own.

GALLERY: The Best American Classical Music > 

Listen out for works by Gershwin , Samuel Barber and the movie music master John Williams .