By John Spitzer

ISBN-10: 0226769763

ISBN-13: 9780226769769

Studies of live performance existence in nineteenth-century the United States have ordinarily been restricted to giant orchestras and the courses we're accustomed to at the present time. yet as this publication finds, audiences of that period loved way more different musical reports than this concentration might recommend. to listen to an orchestra, humans have been prone to head to a lager backyard, eating place, or summer time inn 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 publication brings jointly musicologists and historians to enquire the various orchestras and courses that constructed in nineteenth-century the US. as well as reflecting at the song that orchestras performed and the socioeconomic features of establishing and preserving orchestras, the e-book considers quite a lot of issues, together with audiences, marketers, live performance preparations, excursions, and musicians’ unions. The authors additionally convey that the interval observed an enormous inflow of immigrant performers, the expanding skill of orchestras to shuttle around the state, and the emerging effect of ladies as listeners, consumers, and gamers. portray a wealthy and certain photo of nineteenth-century live performance existence, this assortment will tremendously develop our knowing of America’s musical history.

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