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“Something of Good for the Future”: The People's Orchestra of 1912–1913

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/9780520251397.003.0008
“Something of Good for the Future”: The People's Orchestra of 1912–1913

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This chapter examines the “people's” orchestra, which tried to fill the rapidly growing gap between the elite and mass entertainment, studying the People's Orchestra of 1912–1913, the developments that led to it, and its eventual downfall. It also studies the question of whether the European symphonic tradition could be adapted to national or regional needs to form a concert practice that had wide public appeal and “American” characteristics.

Keywords: people's orchestra; mass entertainment; symphonic tradition; public appeal; American characteristics

Chapter.  6532 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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