Rethinking Dvo%ri'Ak: Views from Five Countries

Overview


This book's twenty-four essays offer the latest insights into this Czech composer by experts worldwide, including many Czechs who have never before published in English. They present new viewpoints reflecting the changed political climate in Eastern Europe; and emphasize Dvorák's significance not only as a Czech nationalist, but as a composer whose message is universally understood.
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Overview


This book's twenty-four essays offer the latest insights into this Czech composer by experts worldwide, including many Czechs who have never before published in English. They present new viewpoints reflecting the changed political climate in Eastern Europe; and emphasize Dvorák's significance not only as a Czech nationalist, but as a composer whose message is universally understood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198164111
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/27/1996
  • Pages: 328
  • Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Introduction 1
1 Metamorphoses of Dvorak's Image in the Course of Time 13
2 Cypresses: An Appreciation, and a Summary of Editorial Problems on the Eve of its First Publication 31
3 Texts to Cypresses, with English Translation by David R. Beveridge 37
4 Dvorak's First Songs: Some Insights into Cypresses 47
5 Cypresses: A Song Cycle and its Metamorphoses 55
6 From the Vistula to the Danube by Way of the Vltava: Dvorak's Vanda in Vienna 73
7 Vanda and Armida, A Grand-Operatic Sisterhood 81
8 Dvorak's Dimitrij - A Challenge to Editors 99
9 Rusalka and its Librettist, Jaroslav Kvapil: Some New Discoveries 107
10 Dvorak and the Meaning of Nationalism in Music 117
11 The 'Dvorak Battles' in Bohemia: Czech Criticism of Antonin Dvorak, 1911-15 125
12 Dvorak in the View of the Artist: Portraits by his Contemporaries, and his Portrayal in the Patriotic Mural Czech Spring 135
13 Dvorak's Slavic Spirit and his Relation to Tchaikovsky and Russia 143
14 Dvorak's Eighth Symphony: A Response to Tchaikovsky? 155
15 Dvorak's Contribution to Progressive Trends in the European Symphony, 1865-95 171
16 Dvorak's Early Symphonies in the Context of European Symphonic Writing of the Mid-Nineteenth Century 181
17 Schubertian Tonal Plans Reinterpreted: Dvorak's 'Shadow-Key' Sonata Forms 193
18 The 'Uncomfortable' Dvorak: Critical Reactions to the First Performances of his Symphonic Poems in German-Speaking Lands 201
19 Music and Words in Dvorak's Symphonic Works: A Nietzschean Perspective on the 'New World' Symphony and The Wild Dove 211
20 Dvorak and Elgar 225
21 Dvorak among the Yankees: George Chadwick and the Impact of the Boston School 237
22 Dvorak's Pentatonic Landscape: The Suite in A major 245
23 Dvorak and the Historiography of American Music 257
24 Dvorak and his Black Students 265
25 Dvorak, Nationalism, Myth, and Racism in the United States 275
Appendix: Dvorak's Interviews with British Newspapers with Critical Commentary 281
Contributors' Profiles 295
Index 301
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