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ISBN-10: 0393881245
ISBN-13: 9780393881240
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 11/23/2021
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.20" W, 1.10" H

Dvorak’s Prophecy: And the Vexed Fate of Black Classical Music

Foreword by: George Shirley

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Overview

In 1893 the composer Antonin Dvorák prophesied a great and noble school of American classical music based on the searing negro melodies he had excitedly discovered since arriving in the United States a year before. But while Black music would found popular genres known the world over, it never gained a foothold in the concert hall.

Joseph Horowitz ranges throughout American cultural history, from Frederick Douglass and Huckleberry Finn to Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and the work of Ralph Ellison, searching for explanations. Challenging the standard narrative for American classical music fashioned by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, he looks back to literary figures–Emerson, Melville, and Twain–to ponder how American music can connect with a usable past. The result is a “new paradigm” that makes room for Black composers including Harry Burleigh, Nathaniel Dett, William Dawson, and Florence Price to redefine the classical canon.

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Dvorák's Prophecy is a passionately-argued and -written book that will stir deep and long, long overdue discussion...Horowitz is a master of the hitherto unrevealed, and he's on his best game in this book.–Dale Cockrell, author of Everybody's Doin' It: Sex, Music, and Dance in New York 1840-1917
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Details

ISBN-10: 0393881245
ISBN-13: 9780393881240
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 11/23/2021
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.20" W, 1.10" H
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