By E. Douglas Bomberger
In July of 1884, pianist Calixa Lavallee played a recital of works by means of American composers that started a hugely influential sequence of such concert events. Over the process the following decade, enormous quantities of all-American live shows have been played within the usa and Europe, a circulation that fostered either the advance and the belief of yank tune as a different paintings shape. A Tidal Wave of Encouragement-the identify of that's derived from one observer's description of the movement-is the 1st in-depth research of this crucial interval in American tune. supplying a complete historical past of the concert events in addition to particular bills of the serious serious debate surrounding them, writer E. Douglas Bomberger unearths how one decade formed the way forward for American classical song and intensely a lot impacted the best way we pay attention it this present day.
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The enthusiasm carried over into the business sessions as the members began planning for the following year's convention in Boston. Among the proposals that were not adopted was one by Lavallee to hear nothing but American works at that gathering. As absurd as it may sound, this notion was supported by Theodore Presser in his article for The Etude: We expect the time is soon at hand when only the products of American composers will be heard at these meetings. We see no reason why at the next meeting original works only by living composers should [not] be given.
The electrifying changes that had come over the MTNA between 1884 and 1886 were summed up in The Musical Courier quotation at the head of this chapter. Most remarkable is that in such a short time the association had virtually abandoned the pedagogical emphasis that had been its purpose since its founding in 1876. This new direction for the MTNA had been developed in such a short time that its promoters had had little time to contemplate the potential pitfalls in such a radical course of action.
H. E. Krehbiel, "How to Listen to Wagner's Music: A Suggestion," Harper's New Monthly Magazine 80/478 (March 1890): 530. 2. Henry E. Krehbiel, How to Listen to Music (New York: Scribners, 1896), cited in Mark N. Grant, Maestros of the Pen: A History of Classical Music Criticism in America (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1998), p. 58. 3. H. E. Krehbiel, Review of the New York Musical Season, 1885-1886 (New York and London: Novello, Ewer, 1886), pp. xix-xx. 4. Ibid, xx. 5. Ibid, xxi. 6. H.
A Tidal Wave of Encouragement: American Composers' Concerts in the Gilded Age by E. Douglas Bomberger