R. Allen Lott

in From Paris to Peoria

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195148831
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199869695 | DOI:

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Partly because of the Civil War, no outstanding European pianist visited the United States during the 1860s. Women pianists were now entering the profession with a vengeance and several came to America, perhaps seeking greater acceptance than possible on the continent. Several of a very high caliber toured extensively throughout the United States shortly before Rubinstein's arrival, including Alide Topp (in the US 1867-70), Anna Mehlig (1846-1928; in the US 1869-73), and Marie Krebs (1851-1900; in the US 1870-2). Three more significant women pianists appeared later in the decade of the 1870s: the American Julie Rivé (later Rivé-King; 1854-1937), Arabella Goddard (1836-1922), and Annette Essipoff (1851-1914). The proliferation of women performers helped consolidate a pivotal change in the repertoire of the virtuoso pianist, who now interpreted works in a variety of styles by an array of composers representing the past and present.

Keywords: Alide Topp; Anna Mehlig; Marie Krebs; Julie Rivé-King; Arabella Goddard; Annette Essipoff

Chapter.  2974 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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