A Tidal Wave of Encouragement: American Composers' Concerts by E. Douglas Bomberger

By E. Douglas Bomberger

In July of 1884, pianist Calixa Lavallee played a recital of works by way of American composers that all started a hugely influential sequence of such live shows. Over the process the subsequent decade, 1000s of all-American live shows have been played within the usa and Europe, a stream that fostered either the advance and the belief of yank tune as a distinct 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 important interval in American tune. delivering a accomplished historical past of the live shows in addition to precise bills of the serious serious debate surrounding them, writer E. Douglas Bomberger finds how one decade formed the way forward for American classical tune and extremely a lot impacted the best way we listen it this present day.

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2 4 26. 24. A. at Indianapolis," MC 14/18 (May 4, 1887): 288-89; see also "Indianapolis Musicians and Journalists," MC 14/22 (June 1, 1887): 352-53. 25. "Mr. Kelley's Complaint," MC 14/12 (March 23, 1887): 190; Edgar Stillman Kelley, "The Lost or Stolen Macbeth Score," AAJ 46/24 (April 2, 1887): 377; "Mr. A," MC MIX (July 4, 1888): 7. S. B. Whitney's proposal at the 1887 convention for the appointment of a librarian was referred to committee; the duties of the librarian were described in the revised bylaws adopted at the 1888 convention.

The official report of the convention contains the following resolutions: WHEREAS, The progress of musical art-creation in America has not been commensurate with the progress of the other fine arts, nor with that of the other important branches of the musical profession; and, WHEREAS, The prevailing attitude of the general public toward American musical works, the failure of Congress to pass an international copyright law and other influences, are serious impediments to the growth of such art-creation.

6. H. E. Krehbiel, Review of the New York Musical Season, 1887-1888 (New York and London: Novello, Ewer, 1888), p. 171. 7. Ibid, 174. 8. [Henry E. Krehbiel], "The Manuscript Society," New York Daily Tribune, December 12, 1890, p. 7. 9. This analysis is reprinted and discussed in Michael Beckerman, "Henry Krehbiel, Antonin Dvorak, and the Symphony Trom the New World,'" Notes 49/2 (December 1992): 447-73. 10. K, "On the Performance of American Compositions," New York Daily Tribune, April 15, 1906, sec.

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