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“A Precarious Means of Living”: Early Working Musicians and Their Jobs

Catherine Parsons Smith

in Making Music in Los Angeles

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251397
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933835 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251397.003.0003
“A Precarious Means of Living”: Early Working Musicians and Their Jobs

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This chapter studies Charles Leland Bagley, a professional musician who traveled to Los Angeles in 1893. Bagley's experiences as a musician in Los Angeles are intertwined with the stories of other early working musicians in Los Angeles. The chapter takes a look at the various jobs a musician could have, and introduces the La Fiesta De Los Angeles, an event that helped the city achieve the Spanish “days of the dons” image it sought to project. It also looks at Bagley's experiences in opera and ragtime.

Keywords: Charles Leland Bagley; early working musicians; jobs; Los Angeles Fiesta; days of dons; opera; ragtime

Chapter.  6094 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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