By E. Douglas Bomberger
In July of 1884, pianist Calixa Lavallee played a recital of works by means of American composers that begun 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 circulate that fostered either the improvement and the notion of yankee track as a distinct paintings shape. A Tidal Wave of Encouragement-the identify of that is derived from one observer's description of the movement-is the 1st in-depth learn of this crucial interval in American song. supplying a complete historical past of the concert events in addition to specified debts of the serious serious debate surrounding them, writer E. Douglas Bomberger finds how one decade formed the way forward for American classical track and intensely a lot impacted the best way we pay attention it this day.
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Extra info for A Tidal Wave of Encouragement: American Composers' Concerts in the Gilded Age
Frank Van der Stucken, who for several years had been presenting orchestral concerts of new music (primarily European) in New York, was engaged to bring his orchestra to Indianapolis for the convention. Since Van der Stucken was the American conductor most closely associated with the performance of new music, the choice was seen as a brilliant one, even though the cost of transporting fifty-three men and their instruments nearly 1,000 miles to the conference had not been fully considered. The announcement of the hiring of a New York orchestra brought a protest from the citizens of Indianapolis, who felt that their own local musicians were being neglected, despite the fact that a significant amount of the funding was coming from Indianapolis sources.
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.
As a child in Cincinnati he took private lessons in violin and music theory, but his postsecondary education was limited to a brief period of studying law. Coming up through the ranks in the newspaper business, first with the Cincin- 24 "A Tidal Wave of Encouragement" nati Gazette and later with the New York Tribune, he taught himself music to prepare for his work as chief music critic of the latter paper from 1884 to his death. His reviews were noted for direct, incisive prose and for his interest in new music.
A Tidal Wave of Encouragement: American Composers' Concerts in the Gilded Age by E. Douglas Bomberger