1905: Enter Walter Damrosch

Nancy Toff

in Monarch of the Flute

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195170160
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850372 | DOI:
1905: Enter Walter Damrosch

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This chapter examines the career development of Georges Barrère in 1905. It was during this year that Barrère was invited by New York Symphony Orchestra's (NYSO) music director Walter Damrosch to perform for his orchestra. The decision to emigrate to the U.S. was not an easy one for Barrère, being a principal of the Colonne, a member of the Opera, director of the Société des Instruments à Vent (SMIV) and a busy teacher. He set conditions for his employment which Damrosch accepted on May 2. This chapter discusses the contract signed by Barrère and the controversies faced by Damrosch in hiring Barrère and four other foreign musicians for the NYSO.

Keywords: Georges Barrère; Walter Damrosch; New York Symphony Orchestra; musicians; orchestras

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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