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Dvorak and His World : The Bard Music Festival - Michael Beckerman

Dvorak and His World

The Bard Music Festival

By: Michael Beckerman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 12th September 1993
ISBN: 9780691000978
Number Of Pages: 296

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Antonin Dvorak made his famous trip to the United States one hundred years ago, but despite an enormous amount of attention from scholars and critics since that time, he remains an elusive figure. Comprising both interpretive essays and a selection of fascinating documents that bear on Dvorak's career and music, this volume addresses fundamental questions about the composer while presenting an argument for a radical reappraisal.

The essays, which make up the first part of the book, begin with Leon Botstein's inquiry into the reception of Dvorak's work in German-speaking Europe, in England, and in America. Commenting on the relationship between Dvorak and Brahms, David Beveridge offers the first detailed portrait of perhaps the most interesting artistic friendship of the era. Joseph Horowitz explores the context in which the "New World" Symphony was premiered a century ago, offering an absorbing account of New York musical life at that time. In discussing Dvorak as a composer of operas, Jan Smaczny provides an unexpected slant on the widely held view of him as a "nationalist" composer. Michael Beckerman further investigates this view of Dvorak by raising the question of the role nationalism played in music of the nineteenth century.

The second part of this volume presents Dvorak's correspondence and reminiscences as well as unpublished reviews and criticism from the Czech press. It includes a series of documents from the composer's American years, a translation of the review of Rusalka's premiere with the photographs that accompanied the article, and Janacek's analyses of the symphonic poems. Many of these documents are published in English for the first time.

"The image of the composer Antonin Dvorak as a Czech visionary who ventured into the exotic cultural habitat of nineteenth century America is brilliantly portrayed... The five critical essays which make up the first part of the book create a multifaceted portrait of the composer within the musical vanguard of Prague and New York."--Slavic Review

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Looking for Dvorak in December 1992p. 3
Reversing the Critical Tradition: Innovation, Modernity, and Ideology in the Work and Career of Antonin Dvorakp. 11
Dvorak and Brahms: A Chronicle, an Interpretationp. 56
Dvorak and the New World: A Concentrated Momentp. 92
Dvorak: The Operasp. 104
The Master's Little Joke: Antonin Dvorak and the Mask of Nationp. 134
Documents and Criticism
Reviews and Criticism from Dvorak's American Years: Articles by Henry Krehbiel, James Huneker, H. L. Mencken, and James Creelmanp. 157
Letters from Dvorak's American Period: A Selection of Unpublished Correspondence Received by Dvorak in the United Statesp. 192
Antonin Dvorak: A Biographical Sketchp. 211
Dvorak in the Czech Press: Unpublished Reviews and Criticismp. 230
A Discussion of Two Tone Poems Based on Texts by Karel Jaromir Erben: The Wood Dove and The Golden Spinning Wheelp. 262
Index of Names and Compositionsp. 277
List of Contributorsp. 283
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ISBN: 9780691000978
ISBN-10: 0691000972
Series: The Bard Music Festival
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 12th September 1993
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48