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Studies of live performance existence in nineteenth-century the United States have quite often been constrained to massive orchestras and the courses we're acquainted with this present day. yet as this e-book unearths, audiences of that period loved way more different musical stories than this concentration might recommend. to listen to an orchestra, humans have been likely to head to a lager backyard, eating place, or summer time lodge than to a live performance corridor. And what they heard weren’t simply symphonic works—programs additionally incorporated opera excerpts and preparations, instrumental showpieces, comedian numbers, and medleys of patriotic tunes.

This ebook brings jointly musicologists and historians to enquire the numerous orchestras and courses that constructed in nineteenth-century the USA. as well as reflecting at the song that orchestras performed and the socioeconomic facets of establishing and conserving orchestras, the ebook considers a variety of themes, together with audiences, marketers, live performance preparations, excursions, and musicians’ unions. The authors additionally exhibit that the interval observed a big inflow of immigrant performers, the expanding skill of orchestras to commute around the kingdom, and the emerging impression of ladies as listeners, buyers, and avid gamers. portray a wealthy and targeted photo of nineteenth-century live performance lifestyles, this assortment will vastly expand our knowing of America’s musical history.

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