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The Clef Club Concert

Maurice Peress

in Dvorák to Duke Ellington

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195098228
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199869817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.003.0012
The Clef Club Concert

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This chapter presents the detailed story of another historic recreation, this time on the stage of Carnegie Hall where in 1912 the Clef Club concert took place. New challenges were met: an unusual mix, the forming of a new Clef Club orchestra that included thirty strummers — ten each of mandolins, guitars and a rare harp guitar, and banjos — all of whom read complicated music very well; a boys' and men's choir; and a concert orchestra including eight pianists and various soloists. Will Marion Cook's dialect song, “Swing Along” for chorus and orchestra stopped the show as it did sixty seven years earlier.

Keywords: Will Marion Cook; James Reese Europe; harp guitar; mandolin; banjo

Chapter.  6122 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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