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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - Music - 606 pages
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Stating that classical music in the United States is largely performance driven, a chronological history documents its rise at the end of the nineteenth century and decline after World War I, covering such topics as the quest for an American compositional voice, the nation's top performers, and the author's recommendations about a postmodern musical direction. 13,000 first printing.
 

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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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