Getting Serious with ukuleles

The Mohave County Miner and Our Mineral Wealth of 27 November 1920 reported on the potentially serious nature of ukulele music:

“Do you think that jazz music will be taken up by serious composers?” someone recently asked Emil Oberhoffer, conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra.

“I am told,” replied Oberhoffer, that Percy Grainger is writing a composition for eleven ukuleles and one mixed voice.”

If only the American Federation of Musicians could have known about this, Ms Breen’s life would have been more peaceful.

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