“Popular Prices Will Prevail”: Competing and Cooperating Impresarios

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:
“Popular Prices Will Prevail”: Competing and Cooperating Impresarios

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This chapter discusses the entrepreneurial competition that existed between theatre and music store operators in Los Angeles during the 1890s, specifically Frederick W. Blanchard and L.E. Behymer. It notes that while both theatre and music store operators were relevant in developing private and public music making, they brought different backgrounds and styles to their concert organizing. The chapter also introduces Harry C. Wyatt, a former drummer boy in the Confederate Army and the manager of a minstrel troupe, Child's Gran Opera House, and eventually the Los Angeles Theatre, studying the events that occurred before and after Wyatt became manager of the Los Angeles Theatre.

Keywords: entrepreneurial competition; theatre operators; music store operators; Frederick W. Blanchard; L.E. Behymer; concert organizing; Harry C. Wyatt

Chapter.  4837 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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