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Published: 24 September 2008

272 Pages | 17 musical examples

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195374476

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Dvorak to Duke Ellington

A Conductor Explores America's Music and Its African American Roots

Maurice Peress

  • The book gives a personal account of Peress's dealings with three major musical figures in which there is great interest today--George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Leonard Bernstein
  • Peress was especially involved in recreating the famous Paul Whiteman 1924 concert that introduces Gershwin's immortal "Rhapsody in Blue" as well as preparing the premiere of Bernstein's "Mass"
  • Peress is particularly eloquent in tracing the huge influence of African-American music, from the famous composer Antonin Dvoák (who visited America in the 1890s), through black band, Broadway shows and composers in the 1920s, culminating in the great significance of Duke Ellington's career