With "forcefulness touched with humor," American composer Aaron Copland spoke on “Contemporary Music.”  He cited, reported Mary McCreath Godley'43 in the Miscellany News, "the movement since 1870, the desire of all composers to pull music into a new line, away from the sphere of German Romanticism," as evidenced by Moussorgsky, Debussy, Stavinsky, Schonberg and, by implication, himself. "He illustrated his lecture by playing musical examples of works by Milhaud, Poulenc, Schonberg, Stravinsky, Chavez and a scherzo from his own piano sonata."