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Photo from the Web Clip Empire by Xoom Inc.New York is one of the largest cities in the United States. It is located in the southern part of New York State, at the mouth of the Hudson River. Originally called 'New Amsterdam' by the Dutch governors, the city today is a major world city and a world leader in finance, arts, communications, advertising, fashion, publishing, radio broadcasting, and music.
During the Swing era of the 1930s and 1940s, New York became a prominent center of Jazz music. With Bandleader-arrangers such as Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Benny Goodman and Jazz singers like Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, New York became, at that time, the place to hear the best jazz in the USA. Ellington upgraded the role of bandleader into the area of composition since he had to provide original music for the Cotton Club revues in Harlem.
New York City is also the place where the term Salsa was invented. Urban Hip-Hop and Rap styles were also developed here as part of a black reaction to the commercialized Disco music.
New-York City Images  NYCVB 1997But New-York was also the home for some of the 20th century's greatest composers, such as Kurt Weill, George Gershwin and Igor Stravinsky. From Temple Emanuel- the world's largest synagogue - Gershwin's funeral began. His Mausoleum can be found in Westchester Hills Cemetery. Louis Armstrong "Satchmo"'s Grave in Flushing Cemetery.
Another great conductor and composer is Leonard Bernstein whose Broadway musical West Side Story is based on a location in the streets of New York city. He became famous in 1943, when he replaced the sickly Bruno Walter, when he conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert that was directed without any rehearsal. His grave is in Green Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.
If you want to go to hear the best operahouse in the world, go to The Metropolitan Opera or take some tickets for the Amato Opera Theatre - the beginner's opera.
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