Joseph Horowitz’s eleven previous books mainly deal with the history of classical music in the United States. Understanding Toscanini: How He Became an American Culture-God and Helped Create a New Audience for Old Music (1987) was named one of the year’s best books by the New York Book Critics Circle. Wagner Nights: An American History (1994) was named best-of-the-year by the Society of American Music. Both Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall (2005) and Artists in Exile: How Refugees from Twentieth Century War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts (2008) made The Economist’s year’s-best-books list.
In tandem with his Dvořák’s Prophecy and the Vexed Fate of Black Classical Music (2021), Horowitz produced six “Dvořák’s Prophecy” films for Naxos. His current “More than Music” radio documentaries for National Public Radio, heard bi-montly via the daily newsmagazine “1A,” are an outgrowth of this activity. His forthcoming book, The Propaganda of Freedom: JFK, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and the Cultural Cold Warrior, will deal with the cultural Cold War. The larger topic of all these activities is the role of the arts (today embattled) in American history and society.
The Marriage: The Mahlers in New York is his first novel, and will be published in April 2023.