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New Worlds of Dvorak Searching in America for the Composer's Inner LifeOrceful reinterpretation of the composer's personality and work readers will gain a rich new view of Dvorák that will deepen their understanding of his works especially the New World Symphony and the other compositions dating from his American yearsAfter having done extensive research on Dvorák and writing my novel Dvorák in Love I thought I knew everything there was to know about the composer Now Michael Beckerman's brilliant New Worlds of Dvorák shows me the size and number of gaps in my knowledge The CD included with the volumemakes it easy even for readers with not much musical education to follow Beckerman's arguments and thus experience the pleasant shock of discovering the deepest and subtlest aspects of Dvorák's great and beloved works ―Josef Škvorecký Ingeniously conceived thoroughly and skeptically researched entertainingly written and graced by a wealth of lovely audible examples this book somehow succeeds in being both an important work of revisionist scholarship that specialists in the field will need to consider carefully and a delightful meditation on music loved by many that deserves―and will attract―a wide general readership ―Richard Taruskin Class of Professor of Music University of California Berkeley

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New Worlds of Dvorak Book ↠ Searching in America for the Composer's Inner Life Download Ñ Dcmdirect ☆ ❴Reading❵ ➽ New Worlds of Dvorak: Searching in America for the Composer's Inner Life Author Michael B. Beckerman – A forcefOf Dvorak PDFEPUB #192 A forceful reinterpretation of the composer's personality and workFocusing on Dvorák's eventful stay in the United States from to this book explores the world behind the public legend offering fresh insights into the composer's music We see the traditional image―that of a simple Czech fellow with a flair for composing symphonic and chamber music―give Worlds of Dvorak Searching in Kindle way to one of a complex figure writing works New Worlds ePUB #182 filled with hidden drama and secret programs In his cogent examination of Dvorák's state of mind Michael B Beckerman a noted scholar of Czech music concludes that the composer suffered from a debilitating and previously unexplored anxiety disorder during his American sojourn Using Dvorák as a model he argues convincingly that the biographical images we carry of composers condition the way we approach their musicNew Worlds Worlds of Dvorak Epub #225 of Dvorák also presents us with a wealth of new information about the origins of the composer's New World Symphony its strong relationship in the face of Dvorák's denials to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem The Song of Hiawatha the Hiawatha opera that the composer envisioned but did not write and the Neg I appreciate what Mr Beckerman is trying to do here but this book strays far from the path of scholarly research and well into the realm of conjecture Beckerman tries to analyze every phrase of Dvorak's New World Symphony to uncover its meaning but Dvorak left few or no details about his thoughts in composing it Dvorak didn't want the New World Symphony to become a programmatic piece Instead he used Native American and African American musical concepts to create a vision of America as he saw it at the end of the nineteenth century He believed strongly that America's musical future rested mostly with Native American and African American traditions Unfortunately Beckerman's insistence on analyzing every phrase puts him way out on a limb grasping for any explanation and often fabricating rationales to suit his purpose His love for the New World Symphony is evident but the process itself is neither enlightening nor particularly interesting so I'd have to say this book was a disappointment Instead I'd recommend Dvorak in America by Joseph Horowitz which sticks to the facts

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Ro themes that Dvorák claimed as a strong influence on his American works Along Worlds of Dvorak Searching in Kindle the way we are introduced to a cast of characters that could easily spring from the pages of a novel First there is Jeannette Thurber a wealthy New Yorker who founded a music conservatory and persuaded Dvorák to direct it We meet Henry T Burleigh a black composer of art music who sang African American spirituals to Dvorák Among the critics of the day who wrote endlessly about the Czech composer and his American symphony we meet James Huneker who derided Dvorák's claim that his music was American even though Huneker himself played a major role in acuainting Dvorák with African American songs We learn that Huneker was not uite the villain he has been made out to be in the Dvorák saga We also meet the newspaperman James Creelman who was nurtured under Pulitzer and Hearst and was an early proponent of yellow journalism in which the journalist plays an active role in the story being reported Finally we meet Henry Krehbiel who became a friend of Dvorák's and who saw the music critic as mediator between the musician and the public arousing interest and paving the way to popular comprehension of concert music In this f Wow this book does everything you'd hope a book would do enlightens entertains and informsThe author has done a lot of work trying to understand Dvorak and his compositions His explanations of the New World Symphony are extremely convincing he has found which sections of the poem go with which passages of music