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Mister Pagliatch and Miss Tetrazin'

Larry Hamberlin

in Tin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195338928
eISBN:
9780199855865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338928.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Opera, Popular

The songs in Chapter 2 describe the celebrity status of Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini from the viewpoint of the working-class Italian immigrants whom these stars attracted to the Metropolitan ... More


Twenty-Four. One Nightmare after Another

Steve Swayne

in Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195388527
eISBN:
9780199894345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388527.003.0025
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

There were a number of difficulties that emerged in the early years of Schuman's tenure as president of Lincoln Center. One of the most difficult was negotiating with the management of City Center to ... More


Guest Conductor on Two Coasts: New York and Los Angeles, 1939–1947

Erik Ryding and Rebecca Pechefsky

in Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300087130
eISBN:
9780300129274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300087130.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Soon after he arrived in California, Bruno Walter opened the Los Angeles Philharmonic's season with five concerts. It marked his return to conducting since the death of his daughter Gretel. Over the ... More


Ballet’s Traditionalists: Malvina Cavallazzi and Luigi Albertieri

Jessica Zeller

in Shapes of American Ballet: Teachers and Training before Balanchine

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190296681
eISBN:
9780190296728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190296681.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter discusses the teaching of two Italian instructors: Malvina Cavallazzi and Luigi Albertieri. Cavallazzi was the first ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera and the first director of the ... More


The Opera House as Urban Exhibition Space

Klaus van den Berg

in Operatic Geographies: The Place of Opera and the Opera House

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226595962
eISBN:
9780226596150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226596150.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Opera

The early twentieth-century critical theorist, Walter Benjamin, developed a pioneering analysis of buildings as constellations of historical forces and contemporary perceptions unfolded in space. ... More


1935

James Steichen

in Balanchine and Kirstein's American Enterprise

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190607418
eISBN:
9780190607449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190607418.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter revisits the circumstances by which the American Ballet became the resident dance company at the Metropolitan Opera in 1935. Many accounts have construed this engagement as a surprise ... More


Metropolitan Women: Geraldine Farrar and Marion Talley Silence Opera on Screen

Jennifer Fleeger

in Mismatched Women: The Siren's Song Through the Machine

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199936892
eISBN:
9780199389971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936892.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Making their screen debuts little more than a decade apart, Geraldine Farrar and Marion Talley, both singers with the Metropolitan Opera Company, reveal the degree to which changes in the cinematic ... More


Nineteen. The (Mostly) Off-Stage Ambassador

Steve Swayne

in Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195388527
eISBN:
9780199894345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388527.003.0020
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

This chapter considers Schuman's various attempts to use his position and influence to extend his ideas of music education, musical diplomacy, and American contemporary music. It looks at the ... More


Eighteen. Striking Out

Steve Swayne

in Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195388527
eISBN:
9780199894345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388527.003.0019
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

Schuman had contemplated writing an opera early in his career as a composer. This chapter explores some of the projects Schuman considered, especially a partnership in 1942 with poet Christopher ... More


Il Rodolfo Nero, or The Masque of Blackness

George Shirley

in Blackness in Opera

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036781
eISBN:
9780252093890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036781.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Opera

In this chapter, the author reflects on the issue of race in opera and its impact on black singers. He first recounts his European operatic debut in Milan in 1960, singing the role of Rodolfo in ... More


Backstage at the Opera

Arthur Berger

in Reflections of an American Composer

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520232518
eISBN:
9780520928213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520232518.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter highlights the author's personal experience of opera. His earliest experience as an opera viewer is that of attending his first contemporary opera, which happened to be Alban Berg's ... More


Final Years, I (1959–1961)

Howard Pollack

in Marc Blitzstein: His Life, His Work, His World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199791590
eISBN:
9780199949625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.003.0023
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter covers Blitzstein’s induction into the National Institute of Arts and Letters; his 1959 trip to Europe; his final critical writings; his plans to write a musical film adaptation of ... More


Introduction: Opera, Staging, Technologies

Gundula Kreuzer

in Curtain, Gong, Steam: Wagnerian Technologies of Nineteenth-Century Opera

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520279681
eISBN:
9780520966550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520279681.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

Starting with the Metropolitan Opera’s paradoxical emphasis on both authenticity and technological innovation in its 2010–12 Ring cycle, the introduction highlights the longstanding dissociation in ... More


Gains and Losses: Los Angeles, New York, Europe, 1949–1956

Erik Ryding and Rebecca Pechefsky

in Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300087130
eISBN:
9780300129274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300087130.003.0015
Subject:
Music, History, Western

It is not clear what had happened to Delia Reinhardt, a much-admired leading soprano at the Berlin State Opera from 1924 to 1937, during World War II, but an account based on the memories of her ... More


Victor Herbert: A Theatrical Life

Neil Gould

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823228713
eISBN:
9780823241798
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823228713.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Victor Herbert is one of the giants of American culture. As a musician, conductor, and, above all, composer, he touched every corner of American musical life at the turn of the century, writing ... More


Barbara Willis Sweete: Queen of HD Transmissions

Kay Armatage

in Doing Women's Film History: Reframing Cinemas, Past and Future

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039683
eISBN:
9780252097775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039683.003.0019
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter investigates the complexity of Barbara Willis Sweete's creative orchestration of multiple personnel and technical operations in HD transmissions of live opera, with particular emphasis ... More


Mostly Mozart: 1956–1957

Erik Ryding and Rebecca Pechefsky

in Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300087130
eISBN:
9780300129274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300087130.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The year 1956 marked Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 200th birthday and was celebrated with a deluge of fetes and performances dedicated to him. Bruno Walter, who also turned eighty that year, conducted ... More


The War Years

Charles M. Joseph

in Stravinsky and Balanchine: A Journey of Invention

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300087123
eISBN:
9780300129342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300087123.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter tells the story of Kirstein's military discharge in late 1945, at which time he rekindled his wide-eyed 1933 dream with resurgent optimism. With an unswayable, noblesse-oblige mission of ... More


Columbia Symphony Orchestra: Los Angeles, 1957–1962

Erik Ryding and Rebecca Pechefsky

in Bruno Walter: A World Elsewhere

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300087130
eISBN:
9780300129274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300087130.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, Western

On March 7, 1957, Bruno Walter suffered a heart attack, forcing him to cancel his remaining performances for the year and to restrict his musical activities to concerts and recordings. He conducted ... More


Ol’ Man Metaphor

Todd Decker

in Who Should Sing Ol' Man River?: The Lives of an American Song

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199389186
eISBN:
9780199389223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199389186.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter considers white male singers, mostly from the operatic stage, who recorded and performed “Ol’ Man River.” The song was a popular choice for such singers in the middle decades of the ... More


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