Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - Music - 606 pages
Classical Music in America is a pioneering history by an award-winning scholar and leading authority on American symphonic culture. Joseph Horowitz argues that classical music in the United States is peculiarly performance-driven, and he traces a musical trajectory rising to its peak at the close of the nineteenth century and receding after World War I. He defines the decades of ascendancy as the quest for an American compositional voice, painting vivid vignettes of America's most celebrated performers and such pathbreaking institutions as the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. He explores a century of decline characterized by illustrious orchestras, conductors, and virtuosos, mostly foreign born, and in a final chapter he exposes a crisis of leadership and suggests new musical directions in our postmodern age. As with his acclaimed cultural histories, Horowitz here fashions a sweeping narrative--backed with personality and incident, textured by literature, sociology, and intellectual history--that freshly illuminates the American experience. 32 pages of illustrations.
 

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Opinionated, stimulating account of how classical music failed to establish fruitful roots in America, from orchestral administrator and historian Horowitz (Wagner Nights, 1994, etc.).In his view, the ... Read full review

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Horowitz (Understanding Toscanini: How He Became an American Culture-God and Helped Create a New Audience for Old Music ) has written a splendid social history of classical music in America. Unlike ... Read full review

Contents

JOHN SULLIVAN DWIGHT THEODORE THOMAS AND THE SLAYING OF THE MONSTER CONCERTS
15
HENRY HIGGINSON AND THE BIRTH OF THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
43
BUILDING A HALL CHOOSING A CONDUCTOR
70
COMPOSES AND THE BRAHMIN CONFINEMENT
94
ANTON SEIDL AND THE SACRALIZATION OF OPERA
121
SYMPHONIC RIVALRY AND GROWTH
148
LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI GUSTAV MAHLER ARTURO TOSCANINI AND THE GOSSIP OF THE FOYER
179
ANTONIN DVORAK AND CHARLES IVES IN SEARCH OF AMERICA
211
MORE CONDUCTORS
305
THE WORLDS GREATEST SOLOISTS
328
OPERA FOR SINGERS
358
SERVING THE NEW AUDIENCE
395
COMPOSERS ON THE SIDELINES
433
LEONARD BERNSTEIN AND THE CLASSICAL MUSIC CRISIS
475
POSTCLASSICAL MUSIC
518
NOTES
541

MUSIC AND THE GILDED AGE
242
THE GREAT SCHISM 1914
265
THE BIG THREE
273
CREDITS
569
INDEX
571
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A former New York Times music critic, Joseph Horowitz is the award-winning author of ten books exploring the history of American music, including Classical Music in America and Artists in Exile. He lives in New York City.

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