Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum

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Listening and Longing explores the emergence of music listening in the United States, from its early stages in the antebellum era, when entrepreneurs first packaged and sold the experience of hearing musical performance, to the Gilded Age, when genteel critics began to successfully redefine the cultural value of listening to music. In a series of interconnected stories, American studies scholar Daniel Cavicchi focuses on the impact of industrialization, urbanization, and commercialization in shaping practices of ...
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Overview

Listening and Longing explores the emergence of music listening in the United States, from its early stages in the antebellum era, when entrepreneurs first packaged and sold the experience of hearing musical performance, to the Gilded Age, when genteel critics began to successfully redefine the cultural value of listening to music. In a series of interconnected stories, American studies scholar Daniel Cavicchi focuses on the impact of industrialization, urbanization, and commercialization in shaping practices of music audiences in America. Grounding our contemporary culture of listening in its seminal historical moment—before the iPod, stereo system, or phonograph—Cavicchi offers a fresh understanding of the role of listening in the history of music.
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“Listening and Longing performs a valuable service in connecting modern conceptions of fame, fandom, and self-consciously specialized forms of ‘audiencing’ to their nineteenth-century roots.”—Franklin Bruno, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Daniel Cavicchi’s fascinating Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum, has been blowing my mind.”—Frank Oteri, New Music Box

“As the title reveals, Cavicchi’s purpose is to put emphasis on ‘music-listening’ rather than on the more common ‘music making.’ Cavicchi did extensive research and the book is well argued, from several points of view.”—W.K. Kearns, Choice

“a detailed look at 19th-century music consumers that…stands as a painstaking, groundbreaking work of scholarship that adds substantially to our understanding.”—Robert Christgau, Barnes & Noble Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819571625
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Series: Music Culture
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIEL CAVICCHI is an associate professor of American studies and head of the Department of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences at Rhode Island School of Design. He is the author of Tramps Like Us: Music and Meaning among Springsteen Fans and coeditor of My Music: Explorations of Music in Daily Life. His public work has included “Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom,” an inaugural exhibit for the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
“P. T. Barnum Introducing Madelle. Jenny Lind to Ossian E. Dodge”: Capitalizing on Music in the Antebellum Era
“I think I Will Do Nothing... But Listen”: Forming a New Urban Ear
“Music Is What Awakens in You When You Are Reminded by the Instruments”: Hearing a New Life at Mid-Century
“How I Should Like to Hear It All Over Again & Again”: Loving Music, 1850–1885
“Attempering This Whole People to the Sentiment of Art”: Institutionalizing Musical Ecstasy
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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