Manufacturing the Muse: Estey Organs and Consumer Culture in Victorian America

Manufacturing the Muse: Estey Organs and Consumer Culture in Victorian America

by Dennis G. Waring
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819565083

ISBN-13: 9780819565082

Pub. Date: 07/29/2002

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Purchases of American reed organs between 1850 and 1910 exceeded that of pianos by almost two to one. Manufacturing the Muse is the story of the reed organ, a centerpiece in American parlors, churches, and gathering places for nearly a century. It is also the story of venerable New England entrepreneur Jacob Estey, whose industrial standardization of instrument

Overview

Purchases of American reed organs between 1850 and 1910 exceeded that of pianos by almost two to one. Manufacturing the Muse is the story of the reed organ, a centerpiece in American parlors, churches, and gathering places for nearly a century. It is also the story of venerable New England entrepreneur Jacob Estey, whose industrial standardization of instrument manufacture strongly affected Victorian popular culture, social stratification, gender issues, and musical taste. Dennis Waring's examination of The Estey Organ Company (1846 to 1960) and its production and marketing strategies reveals much concerning the importance of the reed organ as a significant artifact in the history of American consumerism.

The companion CD includes a variety of period pieces, some selected from the Estey Organ Method, all played on Estey organs. Extensive appendices include surveys of Estey organ case design, free-reed making operations, diagrams, maps, timelines, and music. A generous number of photographs round out the book, which may be read as a good story as well as an important part of America's history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819565082
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
07/29/2002
Series:
Music Culture
Edition description:
Audio CD.
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,199,483
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Part I: Reed Organ Contexts
The Reed Organ and the Victorial Image
Sing the Ols Songs
Part II: The Estey Saga
The Perfect Melodeon
The Estey Organ Company
After Jacob Estey
Epilogue
Appendix A: timelines
Appendix B: Maps
Appendix C: Diagrams, Charts, and Tables
Appendix D: Estey Reed Organ Casework and Tonal Design by E.A. Boadway
Appendix E: Sound Production with Free Reeds by Ned Phoenix
Appendix F: Music Scores
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Victorian Sounds on Estey Organs: The Compact Disc
Chronology
Notes
Glossary
References Cited
Index

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