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Author Grant, Mark N., 1952-

Title Maestros of the pen : a history of classical music criticism in America / by Mark N. Grant ; Eric Friedheim, consulting editor.

Published Boston, [Mass.] : Northeastern University Press, [1998]


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Physical description xxi, 374 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-352) and index.
Contents 1. The Birth of Critic Bedlam: Gotham as the Wild, Wild West -- 2. Emerson, Whitman, and John Sullivan Dwight: Hitching Wagons to a Euterpean Star -- 3. American Music Criticism's First Empire: The Long Day's Journey into Night of the "Old Guard" -- 4. Gilded Age Gadfly: James Gibbons Huneker, Garrulous Steeplejack of the Arts -- 5. Thumbing his Nose at the Old Guard: H. L. Mencken, Maestro of the Bozart -- 6. The American Composer-Critic Tradition: From Pierian Spring to Self-Promotion -- 7. Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow: The Music Appreciation Racket, or Flacking for Parnassus -- 8. Virgil Thomson: Sacred Cow Sharpshooter -- 9. American Music Criticism's Second Empire: Power Brokers and Paper Tigers -- 10. Twentieth-Century Rondo: Cutting Edge versus Neo-Con -- 11. The Postmodern Synthesis: Whither the Vanishing Classical Music Critic?
Summary "Among Reviewers of the Arts, classical music critics are perhaps the least esteemed by those they write about. Yet these often-despised beings are also, for better or worse, key players in the world of classical music. This first history of its kind, in which Mark N. Grant deftly traces the development of music criticism in the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present, is both a comprehensive portrait gallery of our significant music critics and a study of the evolving role of classical music in American cultural life."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Friedheim, Eric.
Subject Musical criticism -- United States.
Music -- United States -- History and criticism.
Music -- United States -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
ISBN 1555533639 (cloth : alk. paper)