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Dvorák to Duke EllingtonA Conductor Rediscovers America's Music and Its African-American Roots$
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Maurice Peress

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.001.0001

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The National Conservatory of Music of America

The National Conservatory of Music of America

(p.41) 5 The National Conservatory of Music of America
Dvorák to Duke Ellington

Maurice Peress

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces Dvorák's American students: Reuben Goldmark, Cook, Maurice Arnold, their music and careers, and describes Dvorák's teaching methods. Dvorák leads a significant student benefit concert at Madison Square Garden that features the celebrated diva known as “Black Patti”, the conservatory orchestra, and a choir from St. Phillips African Episcopal church. The program gives especial attention to the achievements of his African American students whose work is held up as an example of the new American school to come. Dvorák closes the concert with his arrangement of Stephan Foster's “The Old Folks at Home” for the full contingent — choirs, soloists, and orchestra. At this point Cook leaves the conservatory.

Keywords:   Reuben Goldmark, Maurice Arnold, Stephan Foster, The Old Folks at Home, Black Patti

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