Michael Beckerman is Professor of Music at New York University, where he chairs his department. A specialist in Czech and Eastern European music, he is the recipient of the Janacek Medal from the Czech Republic and a Laureate of the Czech Music Council and recently was awarded an Order for Merit from the Czech Parliament for his research on Czech music. His books include Dvorak and His World (1993), Janacek as Theorist (1994), Janacek and Czech Music (1995), New Worlds of Dvorak (2003), which received the ASCAP Deems-Taylor award, and Janacek and his World (forthcoming). He is currently translating a study of Gypsy Holocaust songs and working on a monograph about musical representations of the idyllic.
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