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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By the closing decades of the 19th century, the solo piano recital containing a survey of historical repertoire had won full acceptance, reflecting the increased view of music as edification rather than entertainment. Although some writers have contended that the visiting virtuosos were more harmful than beneficial, earlier testimony is clear that at the time most Americans believed they were a beneficent phenomenon, awakening musical interest among a wide range of audiences and providing excellent models for students and aspiring professional musicians.

Keywords: piano recitals; music as edification; music as entertainment; virtuosos; professional musicians; music students

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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