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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography

Michael Hicks

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039089
eISBN:
9780252097065
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039089.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

A first-of-its-kind history, this book tells the epic story of how an all-volunteer group founded by persecuted religious outcasts grew into a multimedia powerhouse synonymous with the mainstream and ... More


Space Exploration, Part 2: Mormon Cosmology and The Well-Tuned Piano

Jeremy Grimshaw

in Draw a Straight Line and Follow It: The Music and Mysticism of La Monte Young

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199740208
eISBN:
9780199918713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740208.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter uses one of Young’s most important formative influences, namely, the Mormon faith in which he was raised, to explore one of his most important works, The Well-Tuned Piano. This ... More


Books and Angels

Michael Hicks

in The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039089
eISBN:
9780252097065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039089.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter looks at the Mormons' earliest choirs, first by considering passages in the Book of Mormon that mentioned heavenly “choirs”—all of which would have made sense to a young religious ... More


Buildings and Professors

Michael Hicks

in The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039089
eISBN:
9780252097065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039089.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the beginnings of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It first considers the construction of the Salt Lake Tabernacle on April 6, 1852, before turning to the schoolhouse that Brigham ... More


“My Tabernacle ‘Mormon’ Choir”

Michael Hicks

in The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039089
eISBN:
9780252097065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039089.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the activities of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under the direction of its conductor, Evan Stephens. In 1890 Mormons outgrew two fads, one doctrinal, the other musical. First was ... More


The Power of the Air

Michael Hicks

in The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039089
eISBN:
9780252097065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039089.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the activities of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under conductor Anthony Lund, with particular emphasis on its foray into broadcasting. In October 1915, the Salt Lake Telegram ... More


From within the Shadow

Michael Hicks

in The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039089
eISBN:
9780252097065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039089.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the activities of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under Spencer Cornwall's conductorship. Cornwall began his tenure by refashioning the Choir's sound. He summoned each Choir member ... More


A Cultural Necessity

Michael Hicks

in The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039089
eISBN:
9780252097065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039089.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the activities of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir under Richard Condie's conductorship. On August 20, 1957, the First Presidency met to discuss who should replace Spencer Cornwall. ... More


The Endless Postlude

Michael Hicks

in The Mormon Tabernacle Choir: A Biography

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039089
eISBN:
9780252097065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039089.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter reflects on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's quest for spectacle throughout its existence. Since 1982, Jerold Ottley had asked the First Presidency for the Choir to have its own orchestra. ... More


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