“Our Awe Struck Vision”: A Prominent Impresario Reconsidered

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:
“Our Awe Struck Vision”: A Prominent Impresario Reconsidered

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This chapter focuses on Lynden Ellsworth Behymer, who took credit for solely inventing Los Angeles' concert life upon his arrival in the city in 1886. It first looks at Behymer's early years in the city, including the events during and after his competition with F.W. Blanchard, and a few of his “low-end” projects. Next, the chapter examines his later career and presents some examples of the questionable lies he used to maintain his influence. It also tries to explain how Behymer achieved—and later abused—his position as the foremost musical authority in Los Angeles.

Keywords: Lynden Ellsworth Behymer; concert life; early years; F.W. Blanchard; low-end projects; musical authority

Chapter.  7377 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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