The Culture of the Composer

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The composer and the performing artist have long been at odds with each other for recognition in American pop culture. Some composers do perform, and some performers do compose. But when the two factions are separate people, they are rarely identified as equal shareholders of a song by the general public that listens to their music.

Over the last two centuries, singers and instrumentalists have enjoyed a relatively…