From Paris to Peoria: How European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland / Edition 1

From Paris to Peoria: How European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland / Edition 1

by R. Allen Lott
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195148835

ISBN-13: 9780195148831

Pub. Date: 02/06/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

It's difficult to imagine Franz Liszt performing in Peoria, but his contemporary and foremost rival, Sigismund Thalberg, did just that. During the mid-nineteenth century, Americans in more than a hundred cities—from Portland, Maine to Dubuque, Iowa to Mobile, Alabama—were treated to performances by some of Europe's most celebrated pianists. From Paris to

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It's difficult to imagine Franz Liszt performing in Peoria, but his contemporary and foremost rival, Sigismund Thalberg, did just that. During the mid-nineteenth century, Americans in more than a hundred cities—from Portland, Maine to Dubuque, Iowa to Mobile, Alabama—were treated to performances by some of Europe's most celebrated pianists. From Paris to Peoria deftly chronicles the visits of five of these pianists to the America of Mark Twain. Whether performing in small railroad towns throughout the Midwest or in gold-rush era California, these five charismatic pianists—Leopold de Meyer, Henri Herz, Sigismund Thalberg, Anton Rubinstein, and Hans von Bülow—introduced many Americans to the delights of the concert hall. With humor and insight, R. Allen Lott describes the glamour and the drudgery of the touring life, the transformation of American audiences from boisterous to reverent, and the establishment of the piano recital as a viable artistic and financial enterprise. Lott also explores the creative and sometimes outlandish publicity techniques of managers seeking to capitalize on prosperous but uncharted American markets. The result of extensive archival research, From Paris to Peoria is richly illustrated with concert programs, handbills, caricatures, and maps. A companion website, www.rallenlott.info, includes a comprehensive list of repertoires and itineraries, audio music examples, and transcriptions of selected primary sources. Certain to delight pianists, musicologists, and historians, From Paris to Peoria is an engaging, thoroughly researched, and often funny account of music and culture in nineteenth-century America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195148831
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/06/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1510L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Prelude: The New World Beekons3
Part 1Leopold de Meyer (1845-47)9
Chapter 1The Lion Stalks America11
Chapter 2De Meyer in the South and Midwest29
Chapter 3The Lion Tamed39
Part 2Henri Herz (1846-50)53
Chapter 4A Refined Parisian Pianist55
Chapter 5With Sivori and Knoop75
Chapter 6French Pianos, Italian Opera, and California Gold91
Interlude I105
Part 3Sigismund Thalberg (1856-58)113
Chapter 7A Rival of Liszt115
Chapter 8At the Matinees133
Chapter 9Henry Vieuxtemps and a Troubled Season147
Interlude II161
Part 4Anton Rubinstein (1872-73)169
Chapter 10"The Shaggy Maestro"171
Chapter 11Wieniawski187
Chapter 12Rubinstein's "Magnificent Faultiness"197
Chapter 13Joint Venture with Theodore Thomas215
Part 5Hans von Bulow (1875-76)231
Chapter 14Eseape to the New World233
Chapter 15"Unfortunately ... He Also Talks"251
Chapter 16The Midwest and Baek271
Postlude289
Appendix AItineraries295
Appendix BRubinstein's and Bulow's Repertoire in America303
Notes311
Bibliography347
Index357

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