By R. Allen Lott
It is tricky to visualize Franz Liszt acting in Peoria, yet his modern and premier rival, Sigismund Thalberg, did simply that. in the course of the mid-nineteenth century, american citizens in additional than 100 cities--from Portland, Maine to Dubuque, Iowa to cellular, Alabama--were taken care of to performances by means of a few of Europe's such a lot celebrated pianists. From Paris to Peoria deftly chronicles the visits of 5 of those pianists to the the United States of Mark Twain. no matter if appearing in small railroad cities during the Midwest or in gold-rush period California, those 5 charismatic pianists--Leopold de Meyer, Henri Herz, Sigismund Thalberg, Anton Rubinstein, and Hans von Bülow--introduced many american citizens to the delights of the live performance corridor. With humor and perception, R. Allen Lott describes the glamour and the drudgery of the traveling existence, the transformation of yank audiences from boisterous to reverent, and the institution of the piano recital as a attainable inventive and fiscal company. Lott additionally explores the inventive and infrequently outlandish exposure recommendations of managers trying to capitalize on wealthy yet uncharted American markets. the results of broad archival examine, From Paris to Peoria is richly illustrated with live performance courses, handbills, caricatures, and maps. A spouse site, www.rallenlott.info, encompasses a entire record of repertoires and itineraries, audio song examples, and transcriptions of chosen basic assets. absolute to pride pianists, musicologists, and historians, From Paris to Peoria is a fascinating, completely researched, and sometimes humorous account of song and tradition in nineteenth-century America.
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This woodcut, we suppose, he takes with him wherever he goes, to give a tragic aspect to his small bills, and to impregnate his audience with wonder as to what is in store for them. 1). 1. Caricature of Leopold de Meyer by Arthur Andrieu with the caption: “Drawn from Life by Andrieu, after the Lion gave his eighth Concert with extraordinary success at the St. ” (MUSIC DIVISION, THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN ) FOUNDATIONS Orleans concerts, perched on one of them. One of the pianist’s hands is in a pocket of his trademark plaid pants; the other holds a moneybag inscribed with the names of recently fleeced cities—New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and New Orleans.
1). 1. Caricature of Leopold de Meyer by Arthur Andrieu with the caption: “Drawn from Life by Andrieu, after the Lion gave his eighth Concert with extraordinary success at the St. ” (MUSIC DIVISION, THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN ) FOUNDATIONS Orleans concerts, perched on one of them. One of the pianist’s hands is in a pocket of his trademark plaid pants; the other holds a moneybag inscribed with the names of recently fleeced cities—New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and New Orleans.
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From Paris to Peoria: How European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland by R. Allen Lott