January 11, 2008
New World Symphony and Discord
In the Gilded Age, a Czech visionary saw America's musical future in 'negro melodies'
That scholars of American culture ignore classical music is understandable. In our own time, America's musical high culture has degenerated into a formulaic entertainment divorced from the contemporary moment. Intellectuals know theater, dance, cinema, literature. Missing out on what our orchestras and opera companies are up to, they are for the most part not missing much. In the late Gilded Age,