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The Lion Tamed

R. Allen Lott

in From Paris to Peoria

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195148831
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199869695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148831.003.0004
The Lion Tamed

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During his second season in America, Leopold de Meyer came under attack for his manipulation of the press, the staging of ovations by claques, and the filling of concert halls with deadheads as well as being uncooperative with fellow musicians. Highlights of his concerts in New York and Philadelphia were performances of his Marche marocaine and Marche d'Isly as orchestrated by Hector Berlioz, the latter in its world premiere. The arrival of the French pianist Henri Herz sent De Meyer on his inland tour early, during which he forged a successful partnership with the Irish-born violinist Joseph Burke (1817-1902). During his two-season tour of the United States and Canada, De Meyer performed at least eighty-five concerts in twenty-six cities, with his original compositions captivating the musical world surfeited with fashionable operatic fantasias and his flamboyant performance style exciting a public with little experience in hearing exceptional piano playing.

Keywords: Leopold de Meyer; Henri Herz; Joseph Burke; Marche marocaine; Marche d'Isly; Hector Berlioz; ovations; claques; deadheads

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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