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Horowitz, Joseph 1948-

Works: 67 works in 245 publications in 4 languages and 9,831 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biographies  Documentary films  Interviews  Historical films  Nonfiction films  Musicals  Juvenile works  City symphonies (Motion pictures) 
Roles: Author, ard, Interviewer, Performer, Commentator, Contributor, Speaker, Composer, Narrator, htt
Classifications: ML200, 781.680973
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Most widely held works by Joseph Horowitz
Moral fire : musical portraits from America's fin de siècle by Joseph Horowitz( )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,586 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 Krehbiel and Charles Ives--whose missionary work in the realm of culture signaled a belief in the fundamental decency of civilized human nature, in the universality of moral values, and in progress toward a kingdom of peace and love."--Publisher's description
Classical music in America : a history of its rise and fall by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,243 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
Understanding Toscanini : how he became an American culture-god and helped create a new audience for old music by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

20 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 1,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

21 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 840 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
Conversations with Arrau by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

23 editions published between 1982 and 1992 in English and German and held by 752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plow that broke the plains ; The river by Pare Lorentz( Visual )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 629 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 )

10 editions published between 1994 and 2020 in English and held by 628 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 553 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 post-classical predicament : essays on music and society by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Horowitz's The Post-Classical Predicament explores the dilemma of classical music in America's changing society. Around the turn of the century, argues the author, classical music was integral to general intellectual discourse and to the contemporary moment. This integration of music and society began to break down during the interwar decades. A new, enlarged audience was tutored to disdain contemporary and American culture in favor of pedigreed Old World masters. In a period when jazz became America's most individual, most influential musical export, the music appreciation movement shunned popular music as a menace. To the schism between musical and intellectual life, between audience and composer, was added a schism between highbrow and low. After World War II classical music became increasingly marginalized - a form of popular culture masquerading as high culture. Ultimately, great music and great performers became captives of their own celebrity. In this sterling collection of essays, Joseph Horowitz ranges from the turn-of-the-century achievements of Dvorak, Seidl, and Ives to the distorted careers of Vladimir Horowitz and Leonard Bernstein a century later. His other topics include Glenn Gould, Amadeus, and Forest Lawn Cemetery - where classical music rests in peace as mortuary kitsch. The collection concludes with the author's reflections on his own experience as Executive Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra - whose recent weekend festivals aim for a revitalized "post-classical" music exploding the traditional formats and boundaries
Critical path scheduling: management control through CPM and PERT by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

18 editions published between 1967 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ivory trade : music and the business of music at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discussion of music competitions, the author uses the Van Cliburn International piano competition to consider the American fascination with music and competition. The author also looks at the nature of these competitions and how the individual with the most talent is not always the winner
Dvořák in America : in search of the New World by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 249 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 )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally shown at the 1939 World's Fair, this classic show comments on four types of cities: New England town, the unplanned industrial community, a crowded metropolis and the decentralized community
Arrau on music and performance by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"...this volume of candid conversations with the late Claudio Arrau is both a subtle portrait of one of the world's great concert artists and a vivid exploration of his unique and intensely felt beliefs about music and piano performance" (from cover)
Understanding Toscanini by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in English and Italian and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding Toscanini : a social history of American concert life by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

4 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ivory trade : piano competitions and the business of music by Joseph Horowitz( Book )

6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leben mit Musik by Claudio Arrau( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in German and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 33 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 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Classical music in America : a history of its rise and fall
Artists 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 performanceUnderstanding Toscanini : a social history of American concert life
Alternative Names
Horowitz, Joseph

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