Search Results: "Joseph Horowitz"


BOOK REVIEW

WAGNER NIGHTS by Joseph Horowitz
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A work of engrossing scholarship about an important, unjustly ignored slice of our artistic past."
An expert blend of musical and social history, illuminating one of the cultural cores of America's ``Gilded Age.'' In the 1880s, as accurately depicted in Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence, the upper echelons of New York society flocked to Faust (a scene carefully retained in Martin Scorsese's recent film version). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2005

"Unlike most lengthy texts, this one gets better as it progresses, drawing complex themes and a huge cast into a single overarching vision of a cultural attitude that has produced many fine artists and striking moments—but no institutional or intellectual support to sustain them."
Opinionated, stimulating account of how classical music failed to establish fruitful roots in America, from orchestral administrator and historian Horowitz (Wagner Nights, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"As erudite and scholarly as it should be, and—with cameos by Mickey Mouse and Marilyn Monroe—as entertaining as can be."
A former New York Times music critic demonstrates how an influx of artists, principally from Germany and the Soviet Union, forever altered American dance, classical music, cinema and theater. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

"ON MY WAY" by Joseph Horowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2013

"A resurrection story that offers a significant contribution to the history of American popular theater."
A veteran music critic and historian excavates the long-buried story of the signal contributions made to the original staged production of Porgy and Bess by director Rouben Mamoulian (1897-1987). Read full book review >

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SOON BABOON SOON by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"A quick but thematically and sonically satisfying concert. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Chimpanzees play timpani. / Lemurs laugh along. / Orangutans bang everythang. Gorilla's got a GONG." Read full book review >

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THE PRETTY PRETTY BUNNY by Dave Horowitz
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Bold, cartoon-style illustrations use speech balloons and sound-effect phrases for added humor. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Narcissa is a bunny with an issue: Arrogance and conceit are some descriptors that might fit the bill. Read full book review >

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DUCK, DUCK, MOOSE by Dave Horowitz
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The nugget of warmth here is in the First Law of Moving—whether it be for a vacation or away from home altogether, it may very well result in the unexpected reaction of happiness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Moose embodies Newton's First Law of Motion: Bodies at rest stay at rest. Read full book review >

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TWENTY-SIX PRINCESSES by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Young readers and listeners of both sexes will laugh and agree. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A frog prince lets it be known that he's "receiving," and 26 applicants respond, from Princess Alice ("First to the palace") on through the rest of the letters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UGLY PUMPKIN by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"He laughed and said: No Way'—and illustrated in brightly colored paint-and-paper collage, this weak riff on the 'Ugly Duckling' may not earn high marks for botanical accuracy (all pumpkins are squash), but it does feature plenty of visual flash. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A club-shaped pumpkin gets dissed by a customer, all the other pumpkins, even twisted apple trees, before the sight of a motley crop of hubbards, acorns and banana squash brings on a personal epiphany: "O my gosh / I'm a squash." Read full book review >

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TWENTY-SIX PIRATES by David Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2013

"Aye mateys, heave-ho with this bounty of pirate silliness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Yo ho ho, it's an alphabetical parade of pirates—by name! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIVE LITTLE GEFILTES by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Feh! (glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this variation of that favorite rhyme of children's librarians, "Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day," five little gefiltes leave their jar and cause their mother to cry "Oy Vey!" Read full book review >

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A MONKEY AMONG US by Dave Horowitz
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"A brief but engaging showcase, not too abstract for younger listeners and viewers to enjoy. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Rambunctious wordplay and big, stylized, Chris Raschka-like illustrations are the order of the day in this jazzy debut. Read full book review >