At age 99, the composer Ned Rorem has died. Rorem was probably the last link to a group of American composers that also included Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Roy Harris, William Schuman, Walter Piston, David Diamond, and few others. Though some of them occasionally flirted with serial technique, most of their works were tonal celebrations of "Americana". While Rorem wasn't quite on the level of Copland or Barber; his music was still very fine and quite prolific as he created many works for orchestra, chamber groups, as well as, "art songs". To my mind, Rorem's Symphony #3 stands out as one of our great American symphonies. While major American orchestras and record companies only occasionally bothered to record the works of Ned Rorem when he was still active; the wonderful people of NAXOS finally gave Rorem his due in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the fantastic American Classics line.