Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall (Hardcover)

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Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall (Hardcover)
By Joseph Horowitz

“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).

“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).

“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).

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; illustrated edition (March 17, 2005)
  • Dimensions: 6.5” W x 1.7” D x 9.5” H

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Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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