Dean Dixon: Negro At Home, Maestro Abroad by Rufus JonesDean Dixon: Negro At Home, Maestro Abroad by Rufus Jones

Dean Dixon: Negro At Home, Maestro Abroad

byRufus Jones

Hardcover | April 16, 2015

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Despite pervasive intolerance, Dean Dixon became in 1941 the first Black American to conduct the New York Philharmonic. Yet the acclaim that followed in his wake could not prevent him from departing his home country eight years later for Europe. There Dixon moved to a full roster of prestigious guest conducting appearances across several continents before returning to conduct once more in the United States. In Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad, conductor and scholar Rufus Jones, Jr., brings to light a literal treasure trove of unpublished primary sources to tell the compelling story of this great American conductor. A testament to Dixon's resolve, this first ever full-length biography of this American musical hero chronicles Dixon's musical upbringing, beginnings as a conductor, painful decision to leave his own country, rise to fame in Europe and his triumphant stand twenty-one years later when he returned to the United States to serve as a model to other black classical musician, guest conducting at a number of major symphonies.
Rufus Jones Jr. is an orchestral conductor, published author, and educator. His research has focused on African American classical musicians. Dr. Jones has conducted orchestras of all levels for over two decades and is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.
Title:Dean Dixon: Negro At Home, Maestro AbroadFormat:HardcoverDimensions:206 pages, 9.38 × 6.25 × 0.8 inPublished:April 16, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810888556

ISBN - 13:9780810888555


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classical Music-Racial History Biography It's relatively rare to have a musical biography come from a scholar and researcher who is also a conductor; but such is the case with Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad, which outlines the saga of a great (but largely unheralded) Afro-American conductor. This first full-length biography of Dixon follows his evolution from his early achievements as a budding conductor, his difficult decision to leave America for better opportunities in Europe and his eventual return to this country to serve as a role model for aspiring Black classical musicians. It's a cut above most biographical treatments, holding great social and political insights: thus, it belongs in not just music book collections, but the holdings of civil rights libraries and libraries strong in Afro-American history and the rise of black musicians. Dixon's internationally-acclaimed career paved the way for fellow Black musicians (classically trained or not) and created an atmosphere whereby these musicians could achieve their goals at home in America without having to follow in his footsteps of leaving their homeland in pursuit of recognition sans prejudice. From the special challenges of an interracial marriage which went above and beyond family acceptance to involvements of the media in Dixon's career and his special challenges in gaining recognition abroad and then at home Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad goes far beyond the anticipated survey of one man's life to consider exactly what stood in his way, how he handled career obstacles, and how his choices directly led to an improved atmosphere for those who followed in his footsteps. It's this focus and attention to specifics that make Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad such a powerful read, highly recommended for not just classical music collections, but any interested in racial issues and history in America.
Date published: 2015-05-27

Table of Contents

ForewordAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPrologueChapter 1: West Indians in HarlemChapter 2: Dean Dixon School of MusicChapter 3: The Damrosch SchoolChapter 4: Pursuing the DreamChapter 5: Eleanor RooseveltChapter 6: The Plastic CarrotChapter 7: Search for DemocracyChapter 8: Black and WhiteChapter 9: ExodusChapter 10: MaryChapter 11: Drama, Down UnderChapter 12: PragueChapter 13: Sojourn HomeChapter 14: I'm Not Tired YetChapter 15: RithaEpilogue: On My ShouldersAppendix 1: In MemoriamAppendix 2: Conductors HandbookSelected BibliographyIndex About the Author

Editorial Reviews

For me Dean Dixon served as a powerful example both positively and negatively. Positively in that he was clearly a great conductor and had made a career in the field when it was almost not possible to do so. Negatively in that I always hoped that I would be able to work without moving to Europe, that is possible now because of pioneers like Dean Dixon, to have an American career. All of us carry his story and his inspiration with us wherever we go.