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American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century

John Spitzer


Studies of concert life in nineteenth-century America have generally been limited to large orchestras and the programs we are familiar with today, but 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 were not 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 hist ... More

Keywords: opera, instrumental showpieces, comic music, patriotic tunes, entrepreneurs, concert arrangements, musicians' unions, immigrant performers, female listeners, female patrons

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226769769
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226769776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Spitzer, editor

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