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Juilliard: A History

Sprache: Englisch.
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Titel: Juilliard: A History
Autor/en: Andrea Olmstead

ISBN: 0252071069
EAN: 9780252071065
Sprache: Englisch.

Juni 2002 - kartoniert - 368 Seiten

For nearly a century, Juilliard has trained the artists who compose the elite corps of the performing arts community in the United States. This comprehensive history, in paperback for the first time, takes us behind the scenes of one of the most famous music schools in the world.Detailing Juilliard's colorful history and penetrating the mystique of its rarefied, ultracompetitive conservatory atmosphere, Andrea Olmstead tells a fascinating story of vision and temperament, of talent and backstabbing politics, and of artistry and determination. Through its various incarnations the institution has been shaped by the strong personalities of its administrators, the artistic sensibilities of its faculty, and the prodigious gifts of its students.Drawing on interviews, ephemeral materials, and previously neglected archival records, Olmstead traces the school's ups and downs and documents the accomplishments and foibles of its leaders. She also probes the controversies that have littered the school's history, from Augustus Juilliard's $12.5 million bequest in 1919 to the expensive move to Lincoln Center.
"The publication of a modern scholarly history of ... Juilliard ... is indeed timely... [Olmstead's] book is rich in historical detail. It offers readers tantalizing extracts from archival sources as it proceeds to chronicle the complicated evolution of the modern-day Juilliard... [This volume] is a powerful case study in how private institutions not only depend on charismatic personalities and great wealth but must be able to outwit and survive their dominance." -- Leon Botstein, Musical Quarterly "A fascinating account of the personalities, poiltics, and cultural background of the Juillard School... Juilliard: A History is the first comprehensive history of an American conservatory." -- Sondra Wieland Howe, MLA Notes "A history of Juilliard, the country's largest, richest music school, has long been needed, and Olmstead's book nicely fills the gap. Her research has been thorough and without interference from the school; and the story she has uncovered, which has some remarkable twists and turns, she tells well."-George W. Martin "Even the practice rooms come to life in Juilliard: A History." - The Washington Post Book World "Olmstead ... has pulled the many strands of this complex story into a very readable narrative, providing a definitive study of a major conservatory - its various locations, the evolution of its curriculum, its distinguished faculty, its idealistic student body, and its relationship to the outside world." - Choice "A thoroughly researched narrative centered on the personalities and relationships that have given the school its character nad nurtured it in its path to fame... The view is illuminiating." -- Karen Ahlquist, Journal of the American Musicological Society "The first comprehensive history of the best-known musical conservatoire in the United States. Based on thorough research, many interviews and first-hand experience of teaching at Juilliard. Olmstead traces the shifting artistic policies, student experience and faculty membership of the various institutions that metamorphosed over the years into The Juilliard School of today." -- Kenneth Morgan, American Studies "Institutional histories, like celebrity biographies, are typically boring exercises, more puff and gloss than real story - but not Juilliard... The story is fascinating, involving as it does the legendary musicians from the past who taught legendary musicians of yesterday and today... [Olmstead] probes into the modern phase of the Juilliard history penetratingly, making it immediate and real. The transformation of the Juilliard School, following the fusion of [the Institute of Musical Art and Juilliard] ... was thorough, radical, troubled, controversial, and often brilliant. Olmstead makes it as provocative in the reading as it seemed when it was happening." - Robert Commanday, San Francisco Classical Voice
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