Bernard Ullman and the Business of Orchestras in Mid-Nineteenth-Century New York

Bethany S. Goldberg

in American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780226769769
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226769776 | DOI:
Bernard Ullman and the Business of Orchestras in Mid-Nineteenth-Century New York

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The dispute between the Philharmonic and its landlord was about who would control orchestral music in New York City, how that music would be organized, and how it would be presented to the public. There was new perspective on the growing presence of orchestral music in mid-nineteenth-century America, its increasing marketability, and the changing preferences of American audiences in entertainment and music. Bernard Ullman, one of the most successful musical managers in the United States, negotiated a multiyear lease for the Academy of Music, lasting until September 1861, with an option to renew. He tried to force the Philharmonic Society out of his theater so he could develop his own orchestral performances free of direct competition. Moreover, Ullman's creative negotiations in regulating Alfred Musard and his monster orchestra revealed that there were as many different kinds of orchestra as one could imagine.

Keywords: Bernard Ullman; Philharmonic Society; New York City; orchestral music; entertainment; Academy of Music; Alfred Musard; theater

Chapter.  9170 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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