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Studies of live performance lifestyles in nineteenth-century the USA have often been restricted to massive orchestras and the courses we're conversant in at the present time. yet as this booklet unearths, audiences of that period loved way more diversified musical studies 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 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 booklet brings jointly musicologists and historians to enquire the various orchestras and courses that built in nineteenth-century the United States. as well as reflecting at the track that orchestras performed and the socioeconomic points of creating and preserving orchestras, the publication considers a variety of subject matters, together with audiences, marketers, live performance preparations, excursions, and musicians’ unions. The authors additionally exhibit that the interval observed an incredible inflow of immigrant performers, the expanding skill of orchestras to commute around the country, and the emerging effect of ladies as listeners, consumers, and avid gamers. portray a wealthy and specified photograph of nineteenth-century live performance lifestyles, this assortment will significantly develop our figuring out of America’s musical history.

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