"Mark Birnbaum's Dreamland: Piano Gems Circa 1903"

What have we here? Remember when "crossover" in music was a dirty non-four letter word?

For example, Jerome Kern was lectured on the subject of not writing art songs for musical comedies and films. We need not go into the subject of Gershwin. These concerned advisors are called critics, a six letter word often defined as someone who, though less than a genius, comes on as one who is omniscient, objective and never wrong. Not all critics, of course, but enough to give the trade a clouded presence.

Consider this unique compilation of works by a remarkable group of composers, one French, another Russian, an Englishman and an

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