Brainard's Biographies of American Musicians (Music by E. Douglas Bomberger

By E. Douglas Bomberger

The sequence of biographical sketches released by means of Brainard's Musical international among 1877 and 1889 is awesome for the variety of the musicians profiled and for the enjoyable own info supplied. this era witnessed the institution of musical associations and attitudes towards song that experience formed American track to the current day. The biographies current a cross-section of yank musicians within the overdue nineteenth century, together with singers, instrumentalists, writers, lecturers, and composers. one of the musicians incorporated are a few of America's such a lot favorite conductors, similar to Theodore Thomas and Leopold Damrosch; composers, resembling John Knowles Paine and George F. Root; writers, akin to John S. Dwight and Amy Fay; lecturers, reminiscent of William Mason and Erminia Rudersdorff; and performers, akin to Emma Abbott and Maud Powell. ratings of much less everyday musicians who have been additionally instrumental in shaping America's song are incorporated besides. initially meant for normal readers, the biographical sketches not just make clear musical themes but additionally contain own info that's seldom present in a conventional dictionary and which speaks to the attitudes and matters of the overdue nineteenth century society.This paintings should be of worth to students and researchers of 19th-century American song and to these drawn to the advance of well known track. Entries are alphabetically prepared and comprise pick out bibliographies. A basic bibliography and index also are incorporated.

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Soon after his arrival he chose the city of Milwaukee as his new field of usefulness and settled there in the year 1850. Music had made but little progress in this, then a far-off western city, and it was but natural that a mind like Balatka's should soon make its influence felt and gather around it all the forces calculated to advance the art. He organized in 1851 the Milwaukee Musical Society, which has since become one of the most famous organizations of that kind known in this country. Many works of the masters, yes, even operas were performed, among them Norma, Der Freischiitz, The Armorer, Zar und Zimmermann, and many others.

17. Snyder, Suzanne G. " In Music and Culture in America, 1861-1918, ed. Michael Saffle. Essays in American Life, vol. 2. New York and London: Garland, 1998. Pp. 111-40. Bassford, W. K. (b. New York, April 23, 1839; d. there, December 22, 1902); No. 40 (February 1881). Unlike most of our distinguished native musicians, Mr. Bassford never went abroad for his musical education; he is, therefore, purely a home production. Mr. Bassford was bom in the city of New York on April 23, 1839. It is scarcely necessary to say of him what has been said of almost all distinguished musicians, namely, that they early displayed decided preferences for the divine art.

His last position as organist was at Calvary Church in East Orange, New Jersey. Beck, Johann H. (b. Cleveland, September 12, 1856; d. there, May 26, 1924); No. 119 (October 1887). Every lover of country and art naturally delights in the development of native talent. Those who attended the Ohio and the Music Teachers' National Association are no doubt familiar with this gentleman's name and the excellent composition of his that was performed at both meetings. Mr. Beck was bom in Cleveland, Ohio, and it is there that he resides and labors as violinist and composer.

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