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Horowitz, Joseph 1948-

Works: 43 works in 190 publications in 6 languages and 9,547 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Documentary films  Interviews  Historical films  Educational films  Internet videos  Juvenile works  Short films 
Roles: Author, ard, Interviewer, Performer, Commentator, Composer, Speaker, Narrator, Contributor
Classifications: ML422.T67, 781.680973
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Most widely held works by Joseph Horowitz
Understanding Toscanini : how he became an American culture-god and helped create a new audience for old music by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

28 editions published between 1986 and 1994 in English and Italian and held by 1,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over de Italiaanse dirigent (1867-1957)
Classical music in America : a history of its rise and fall by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classical Music in America is a pioneering history by an award-winning scholar and leading authority on American symphonic culture. Joseph Horowitz argues that classical music in the United States is peculiarly performance- driven, and he traces a musical trajectory rising to its peak at the close of the nineteenth century and receding after World War I. He defines the decades of ascendancy as the quest for an American compositional voice, painting vivid vignettes of America's most celebrated performers and such path breaking institutions as the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. He explores a century of decline characterized by illustrious orchestras, conductors, and virtuosos, mostly foreign born, and in a final chapter he exposes a crisis of leadership and suggests new musical directions in our postmodern age. As with his acclaimed cultural histories, Horowitz here fashions a sweeping narrative--packed with personality and incident, textured by literature, sociology, and intellectual history--that freshly illuminates the American experience. Stating that classical music in the United States is largely performance driven, a chronological history documents its rise at the end of the nineteenth century and decline after World War I, covering such topics as the quest for an American compositional voice, the nation's top performers, and the author's recommendations about a postmodern musical direction
Conversations with Arrau by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

37 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artists in exile : how refugees from twentieth-century war and revolution transformed the American performing arts by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Balanchine, in collaboration with Stravinsky, famously created an Americanized version of Russian classical ballet. Kurt Weill, schooled in Berlin jazz, composed a Broadway opera. Rouben Mamoulian's revolutionary Broadway productions of Porgy and Bess and Oklahoma! drew upon Russian "total theater." An army of German filmmakers--among them F.W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, Ernst Lubitsch, and Billy Wilder--made Hollywood more edgy and cosmopolitan. Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich redefined film sexuality. Erich Korngold upholstered the sound of the movies. Rudolf Serkin inspirationally inculcated dour Germanic canons of musical interpretation. An obscure British organist reinvented himself as "Leopold Stokowski." However, most of these gifted émigrés to the New World found that the freedoms they enjoyed in America diluted rather than amplified their high creative ambitions. Russians uprooted from St. Petersburg became "Americans"--They adapted. Representatives of Germanic culture, by comparison, preached a German cultural bible--they colonized.--From publisher description
The plow that broke the plains ; The river by Pare Lorentz( Visual )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plow that broke the plains" depicts the social and economic history of the Great Plains from the settlement of the prairies by cattlemen and farmers through the World War I boom to drought and depression. "The river" traces life in the Mississippi River Valley during the previous 150 years, showing the consequences of sharecropping, soil exhaustion, unchecked erosion and floods, and concludes with scenes of regional planning, TVA development and federal efforts
Wagner nights : an American history by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wagner himself predicted that the New World would prove especially receptive to his operas and ideas, and he was right. The conductor Anton Seidl (1850-1898) was his crucial New World emissary, a priestly and enigmatic central figure in New York's musical life - and the central figure in Wagner Nights. Though acclaimed in Europe as Wagner's closest protege, Seidl became an American citizen
"On my way" : the untold story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin, and Porgy and Bess by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bring my goat!" Porgy exclaims in the final scene of Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Bess, whom he loves, has left for New York City, and he's determined to find her. When his request is met with astonishment--New York is a great distance from South Carolina's Catfish Row--Porgy remains undaunted. He mounts his goat-cart and leads the community in an ecstatic finale, "Oh Lawd, I'm on my way." Stephen Sondheim has called "Bring my goat!" "one of the most moving moments in musical theater history." For years it was assumed that DuBose Heyward--the author of the seminal novella and subsequent play, Porgy, and later the librettist for the opera Porgy and Bess--penned this historic line. In fact, both it and "Oh Lawd, I'm on my way" were added to the play eight years earlier by that production's unheralded architect: Rouben Mamoulian. Porgy and Bess as we know it would not exist without the contributions of this master director. Culling new information from the recently opened Mamoulian Archives at the Library of Congress, award-winning author Joseph Horowitz shows that, more than anyone else, Mamoulian took Heyward's vignette of a regional African-American subculture and transformed it into an epic theater work, a universal parable of suffering and redemption. Part biography, part revelatory history, "On My Way" re-creates Mamoulian's visionary style on stage and screen, his collaboration with George Gershwin, and the genesis of the opera that changed the face of American musical life [Publisher description]
The ivory trade : music and the business of music at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Met lit. opg.Met reg. Study of music competitions in America. As well as a history of music competition, it includes a series of intimate portraits of six pianists. On one level it is a study of the 'popularisation of classical music'. On another it is an unprecedented behind-the- scenes portrayal of the world of the piano
The post-classical predicament : essays on music and society by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical path scheduling: management control through CPM and PERT by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

16 editions published between 1967 and 1985 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moral fire : musical portraits from America's fin de siècle by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Horowitz writes in Moral Fire: "If the Met's screaming Wagnerites standing on chairs (in the 1890s) are unthinkable today, it is partly because we mistrust high feeling. Our children avidly specialize in vicarious forms of electronic interpersonal diversion. Our laptops and televisions ensnare us in a surrogate world that shuns all but facile passions; only Jon Stewart and Bill Maher share moments of moral outrage disguised as comedy." Arguing that the past can prove instructive and inspirational, Horowitz revisits four astonishing personalities--Henry Higginson, Laura Langford, Henry
Dvořák in America : in search of the New World by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of Antonin Dvorak's 1890s stay in America, where he took the essences of Indian drums, slave spirituals, and other musical forms and created from them a distinctly new music
The city by Ralph Steiner( Visual )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A motion picture originally produced for & shown at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City, commenting on four types of cities: New England town, the unplanned industrial community, a crowded metropolis and the decentralized community. The original soundtrack was re-recorded in 2007
Arrau on music and performance by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and Spanish and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Virgil Thomson centenary 1896-1996 : [as celebrated by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra : a program companion( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the New World : January 28, 29 and 30, 1994 : the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra at the Brooklyn Academy of Music( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Russian Stravinsky( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reclaiming the past : musical Boston a century ago : a program companion for the New England Conservatory Spring Festival March 4 to 11, 1999( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American transcendentalists( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arrau parle : conversations avec Joseph Horowitz by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in French and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Classical music in America : a history of its rise and fall
Alternative Names
Horowitz, Joseph

Joseph Horowitz American historian

Joseph Horowitz Amerikaans musicoloog

Горовиц, Джозеф

호로비츠, 조셉 1948-

ホロヴィッ, ジョーゼフ 1948-

ホロヴィッツ, ジョーゼフ

Classical music in America : a history of its rise and fallArtists in exile : how refugees from twentieth-century war and revolution transformed the American performing artsWagner nights : an American historyDvořák in America : in search of the New WorldArrau on music and performance