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A Wayfaring Stranger in the New World: Ernst von Dohnányi’s American Rhapsody

A Wayfaring Stranger in the New World: Ernst von Dohnányi’s American Rhapsody Vero NIKA Kus Z A Wayfaring s tranger in the New World: e rnst von Dohnányi’s American Rhapsody The Hungarian composer—pianist e rnst von Dohnányi (1877–1960, born Dohnányi e rnő) left his home country during World War II, in 1944, and after five years of wandering throughout e urope and s outh America he finally settled in the u nited s tates. As a professor of the Florida s tate u niversity, Tallahassee, the seventy-two-year-old composer lived a mod- est and quiet life in his last ten years—a life that was very different from his earlier one, which had been full of fame and power. The plunge in status, isolation from international cultural life, defenselessness against the political slanders made against him in the postwar period, and daily difficulties as an émigré all left marks on his creativity. A radically dif- ferent creative environment mostly appears in his single-movement or- chestral American Rhapsody (op. 47), which can be assumed to mark an adaptation to his new country and a tribute to it. This is how one earlier analyst, l aura m oore Pruett, interpreted the work even in the title of her study, “Dohnányi’s American Rhapsody, op. 47: An http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

A Wayfaring Stranger in the New World: Ernst von Dohnányi’s American Rhapsody

American Music , Volume 32 (2) – Jan 29, 2015

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University of Illinois Press
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Vero NIKA Kus Z A Wayfaring s tranger in the New World: e rnst von Dohnányi’s American Rhapsody The Hungarian composer—pianist e rnst von Dohnányi (1877–1960, born Dohnányi e rnő) left his home country during World War II, in 1944, and after five years of wandering throughout e urope and s outh America he finally settled in the u nited s tates. As a professor of the Florida s tate u niversity, Tallahassee, the seventy-two-year-old composer lived a mod- est and quiet life in his last ten years—a life that was very different from his earlier one, which had been full of fame and power. The plunge in status, isolation from international cultural life, defenselessness against the political slanders made against him in the postwar period, and daily difficulties as an émigré all left marks on his creativity. A radically dif- ferent creative environment mostly appears in his single-movement or- chestral American Rhapsody (op. 47), which can be assumed to mark an adaptation to his new country and a tribute to it. This is how one earlier analyst, l aura m oore Pruett, interpreted the work even in the title of her study, “Dohnányi’s American Rhapsody, op. 47: An

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Jan 29, 2015

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