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American orchestras in the nineteenth century

Author: John Spitzer
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
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Studies of concert life in nineteenth-century America have generally been limited to large orchestras and the programs we are familiar with. This book reveals that audiences of that era enjoyed far  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Spitzer
ISBN: 9780226769769 0226769763
OCLC Number: 742017616
Description: x, 493 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Toward a history of American orchestras in the nineteenth century / Deane L. Root --
Ubiquity and diversity --
The ubiquity and diversity of nineteenth-century American orchestras / John Spitzer --
Building the American symphony orchestra : the nineteenth-century roots of a twenty-first-century musical institution / Mark Clague --
Modeling music : early organizational structures of American women's orchestras / Anna-Lise P. Santella --
American orchestras and their unions in the nineteenth century / John Spitzer --
The orchestra and the American city --
Orchestras : local versus national / John Spitzer --
Invisible instruments : theater orchestras in New York, 1850-1900 / John Graziano --
Beethoven and beer : orchestral music in German beer gardens in nineteenth-century New York City / John Koegel and Jonas Westover --
Performances to "permanence" : orchestra building in late nineteenth-century Cincinnati / Karen Ahlquist --
Critic and conductor in 1860s Chicago : George P. Upton, Hans Balatka, and cultural capitalism / James Deaville --
Amateur and professional, permanent and transient : orchestras in the District of Columbia, 1877-1905 / Patrick Warfield --
Conductors, promoters, patrons --
Marketing the American orchestra / John Spitzer --
Bernard Ullman and the business of orchestras in mid-nineteenth-century New York / Bethany S. Goldberg --
John Sullivan Dwight and the Harvard Musical Association Orchestra : a help or a hindrance? / Mary Wallace Davidson --
The Leopold Damrosch Orchestra, 1877-78 : background, instrumentation, programming, and critical reception / Ora Frishberg Saloman --
Gender and the germanians : "art-loving ladies" in nineteenth-century concert life / Nancy Newman --
America and Europe --
Orchestras : American and European / John Spitzer --
"A concentration of talent on our musical horizon" : the 1853-54 American tour by Jullien's extraordinary orchestra / Katherine K. Preston --
Ureli Corelli Hill : an American musician's European travels and the creation of the New York Philharmonic / Barbara Haws --
Orchestral repertory --
Orchestral repertory : highbrow and lowbrow / John Spitzer --
Orchestral programs in Boston, 1842-55, in European perspective / William Weber --
Theodore Thomas and the cultivation of American music / Brenda Nelson-Strauss --
Thinking about serious music in New York, 1842-82 / Adrienne Fried Block --
Afterword : coming of age / Ronald G. Walters. Studies of concert life in nineteenth-century America have generally been limited to large orchestras and the programs we are familiar with today. But as this book reveals, audiences of that era enjoyed far more diverse musical experiences than this focus would suggest. To hear an orchestra, people were more likely to head to a beer garden, restaurant, or summer resort than to a concert hall. And what they heard weren't just symphonic works--programs also included opera excerpts and arrangements, instrumental showpieces, comic numbers, and medleys of patriotic tunes. This book brings together musicologists and historians to investigate the many orchestras and programs that developed in nineteenth-century America. In addition to reflecting on the music that orchestras played and the socioeconomic aspects of building and maintaining orchestras, the book considers a wide range of topics, including audiences, entrepreneurs, concert arrangements, tours, and musicians' unions. The authors also show that the period saw a massive influx of immigrant performers, the increasing ability of orchestras to travel across the nation, and the rising influence of women as listeners, patrons, and players [Publisher description].
Responsibility: edited by John Spitzer.

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