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American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century$
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John Spitzer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226769769

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226769776.001.0001

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John Sullivan Dwight and the Harvard Musical Association Orchestra

John Sullivan Dwight and the Harvard Musical Association Orchestra

A Help or a Hindrance?

(p.247) [III.2] John Sullivan Dwight and the Harvard Musical Association Orchestra
American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century

Mary Wallace Davidson

University of Chicago Press

The Harvard Musical Association had founded a significant music library, sponsored a series of public chamber music concerts, and raised money. John Sullivan Dwight was the guiding spirit and day-to-day manager of the Harvard Orchestra. His means of attaining his goals and assuring the new orchestra's success were even more idealistic. Dwight decided to make some changes, and Benjamin Edward Woolf realized that the orchestra was worthy of support. Dwight was both a help and a hindrance to the development of Boston's orchestral and concert life. His insistence on “pure” music and his belief in its effects on society impelled him to present many “classical” works in Boston for the first time. As a result, Dwight widened the knowledge and taste of the audience as well as augmented the skills and understanding of at least some of Boston's professional musicians.

Keywords:   Harvard Musical Association, John Sullivan Dwight, Harvard Orchestra, Boston, professional musicians, music

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