Classical Music in America

Classical Music in America

A History of Its Rise and Fall

Book - 2005
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WW Norton
"An opinionated, stimulating account of how classical music failed to establish fruitful roots in America," Classical Music in America chronicles "a cultural attitude that has produced many fine artists and striking moments-but no institutional or intellectual support to sustain them" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). "An admirable, scholarly volume" (Times Literary Supplement), this "formidable book ... shows how American classical music became a ‘performance culture,' an ersatz-European showplace for celebrity virtuosos, rather than a native-born genre" (The New Yorker). "As a comprehensive, convincing analysis of the contemporary dilemma" of reconciling European heritage with American vision "and a riveting portrait of the century and a half of events and personalities which brought it about, Mr Horowitz's account would be hard to beat" (The Economist). "Anyone seeking to understand why American classical music has come to so dead an end-and wondering how it might yet escape a final descent into cultural irrelevance-should read Classical Music in America with close attention" (Commentary).

Baker & Taylor
A social history of classical music in America looks at top performers, explains how classical music failed to sustain its early popularity, and offers suggestions for broadening its appeal.

Norton Pub
“A splendid read, at once disturbing and illuminating.”—Gramophone
"An opinionated, stimulating account of how classical music failed to establish fruitful roots in America," Classical Music in America chronicles "a cultural attitude that has produced many fine artists and striking moments-but no institutional or intellectual support to sustain them" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). "An admirable, scholarly volume" (Times Literary Supplement), this "formidable book ... shows how American classical music became a ‘performance culture,' an ersatz-European showplace for celebrity virtuosos, rather than a native-born genre" (The New Yorker). "As a comprehensive, convincing analysis of the contemporary dilemma" of reconciling European heritage with American vision "and a riveting portrait of the century and a half of events and personalities which brought it about, Mr Horowitz's account would be hard to beat" (The Economist). "Anyone seeking to understand why American classical music has come to so dead an end-and wondering how it might yet escape a final descent into cultural irrelevance-should read Classical Music in America with close attention" (Commentary).

Book News
The executive director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, who is artistic advisor to several American orchestras, traces the history of classical music in the US and what he considers its current crisis. Horowitz interprets America's early opera madness and other trends up to Adams's 1987 Nixon in China. He argues that worthy post-classical music largely remains to be appreciated. Photos feature renowned conductors and performers. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

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.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0393057178 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 781.680973 HOR
Characteristics: xix, 606 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm

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