On Sunday, composer, conductor and pianist Lukas Foss passed away at the age of 86, at his home here in New York. There are kind notices about Foss in the Times and on other blogs, where you can read all about about his life and legacy one of the foremost American musicians of the 20th century. The fact that Foss isn't better known has much to do with his having been overshadowed for much of his life by his close friend and colleague, Leonard Bernstein.
"Perhaps your station would like to commission a work from me as well?" he said, smiling.
I asked him at one point what he thought about the state of the modern symphony orchestra, and its' apparent aversion to contemporary music.
Here's a clip of Foss conducting Ives' Unanswered Question, which today sounds even sadder than usual.