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Dvorák to Duke Ellington: A Conductor Explores America’s Music and Its African-American Roots by Maurice Peress

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There is a subtle theme running throughout classical conductor Maurice Peress’ new book: Did legendary Czech composer Antonin Dvorák’s brief visit to America at the turn of the century influence the direction of jazz composition into the Ellington era? When you read Peress’ well-documented prose you will know this proposition cannot be dismissed lightly. Peress traces the African-American aesthetic line that Dvorák discovered and utilized in his own work very diligently.

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