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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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“A Concentration of Talent on Our Musical Horizon”

“A Concentration of Talent on Our Musical Horizon”

The 1853–54 American Tour by Jullien's Extraordinary Orchestra

(p.319) [IV. 1] “A Concentration of Talent on Our Musical Horizon”
American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century

Katherine K. Preston

University of Chicago Press

Louis Antoine Jullien was the man responsible for the success of American tour, a careful examination of which indicated that Americans were attracted to a combination of elements. His orchestra was an example of a type of ensemble, different and distinct from concert-society orchestras, that emerged in the 1830s and 1840s. Its repertory was remarkably consistent during the New York engagement. Jullien programmed symphonic works by several American composers and commissioned symphonic compositions. The orchestral works by Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, and the American composers were significant for the Jullien Orchestra repertory. Jullien and his orchestra affected American musical culture at midcentury. The most obvious impression he made was on American composers. Thus, Jullien was a force to be reckoned with in midcentury America.

Keywords:   Louis Antoine Jullien, American tour, Jullien Orchestra, New York, repertory, American musical culture, Felix Mendelssohn, Beethoven

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