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Dvorák to Duke Ellington: A Conductor Rediscovers America's Music and Its African-American Roots

Maurice Peress


Drawing upon a mix of research and the personal experience of a career devoted to the music about which Dvorák so presciently spoke, this book's narrative goes behind the scenes of the burgeoning American school of music and beyond. The book begins with Dvorák's three year residency as Director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York (1892-5), and his students, in particular Will Marion Cook and Rubin Goldmark, who would in turn become the teachers of Ellington, Gershwin, and Copland. The book follows Dvorák to the famed Chicago World's Fair of 1893, where the book brings to light th ... More

Keywords: American music, black/white equilibrium, classic, jazz, vernacular music, mechanical instruments, Gershwin, Ellington, slave gatherings, minstrelsy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195098228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurice Peress, author
Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York