The National Conservatory of Music of America

Maurice Peress

in Dvorák to Duke Ellington

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195098228
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199869817 | DOI:
The National Conservatory of Music of America

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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

Chapter.  4564 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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