From Paris to Peoria: How European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland

By: Lott, R. Allen

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It's difficult to imagine Franz Liszt performing in Peoria, but his contemporary and foremost rival, Sigismund Thalberg, did just that. During the mid-nineteenth century, Americans in more than a hundred cities--from Portland, Maine to Dubuque, Iowa to Mobile, Alabama--were treated to performances by some of Europe's most celebrated pianists. From Paris to Peoria deftly chronicles the visits of five of these pianists to the America of Mark Twain. Whether performing in small railroad towns throughout the Midwest or in gold-rush era California, these five charismatic pianists--Leopold de Meyer, Henri Herz, Sigismund Thalberg, Anton Rubinstein, and Hans von Bulow--introduced many Americans to the delights of the concert hall. With humor and insight, R. Allen Lott describes the glamour and the drudgery of the touring life, the transformation of American audiences from boisterous to reverent, and the establishment of the piano recital as a viable artistic and financial enterprise. Lott also explores the creative and sometimes outlandish publicity techniques of managers seeking to capitalize on prosperous but uncharted American markets. The result of extensive archival research, From Paris to Peoria is richly illustrated with concert programs, handbills, caricatures, and maps. A companion website,, includes a comprehensive list of repertoires and itineraries, audio music examples, and transcriptions of selected primary sources. Certain to delight pianists, musicologists, and historians, From Paris to Peoria is an engaging, thoroughly researched, and often funny account of music and culture in nineteenth-century America.

Title: From Paris to Peoria: How European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland

Author Name: Lott, R. Allen

Categories: Music, Theatre & Cinema,

Publisher: Oxford University Press: 2003

ISBN Number: 0195148835

ISBN Number 13: 9780195148831

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good - New

Jacket Condition: Nr. Fine

Seller ID: 015922

Description: Prev. poor storage has left small "dog ears" to lower corner of some pages.

Keywords: BULOW HANS GUIDO VON 1830,