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Imagining Native America in Music$
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Michael V. Pisani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108934

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108934.001.0001

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The Nationalism Controversy: Quotation or Intonation?

The Nationalism Controversy: Quotation or Intonation?

(p.182) 6 The Nationalism Controversy: Quotation or Intonation?
Imagining Native America in Music

Michael V. Pisani

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the ideas debated by composers and critics at the turn of the twentieth century related to the concept of what is “Indian” and the meaning of American expressions of musical nationalism. It analyzes the works of composers Antonin Dvorak and Edward MacDowell, which were central in the debate. It explains that Dvorak and MacDowell experimented with ways to draw on American Indian music and they both served as models for composers of art music who longed to find the “spiritual soul of America”.

Keywords:   Indian, musical nationalism, Antonin Dvorak, Edward MacDowell, American Indian music

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