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Dvorak's Prophecy: And the Vexed Fate of Black Classical Music by [Joseph Horowitz, George Shirley]

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"[A] sincere and erudite effort to right ignorance and wrongs, and to bring this long-forgotten music into the sunlight."
Martha Anne Toll, Washington Post

Dvorák's Prophecy] Horowitz has taught me to listen to Black classical music as what the most American of classical music is. His lesson should resound."
John McWhorter, New York Times

"Horowitz is determined to overcome the ’silo mentality’ that has dulled curiosity about how American classical music can be related to the larger cultural context across different eras(...) This perspective is what makes [his] larger project such a vital resource for rethinking how American music matters."
Thomas May, Gramophone

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

Dvorák's Prophecy…will facilitate much-needed discussion about the way we regard the American classical music traditions―discussions not at all limited to the classroom."
Larry Starr, author of American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to mp3

Dvorák's Prophecy will become a flashpoint for necessary conversations not only about the performing arts, but also broader issues of import: race, American historiography, and the search for our national soul."
Lorenzo Candelaria, Dean of the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University

"In his exploration of the unused past of Dvorák, Ives, Farwell, Burleigh, Dett, Dawson, Price and Gershwin, Joseph Horowitz invites us to a marvelous rediscovery… A feast awaits, both in this book and in the music it describes."
Allen C. Guelzo, James Madison Program in American Ideal and Institutions, Princeton University

"Joseph Horowitz’s
Dvorák's Prophecy is unique in its emphasis on the connections between major nineteenth-century American literary figures like Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain and American classical music, and it is admirable in its demonstration of the centrality of African American literature, culture, and history to both the American musical tradition and the American literary tradition."
Brian Yothers, author of Reading Abolition

"A clarion call for American classical music to ‘acquire a viable future.’ . . . [F]eisty and opinionated but always backed by solid evidence. Essential cultural history."
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A former New York Times music critic, Joseph Horowitz is the author of ten books exploring the history of American music, including Classical Music in America and Artists in Exile –both named books of the year by the Economist. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08X2WZXX3
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company (November 23, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 23, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 724 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0393881245
  • Customer Reviews:
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