John Sullivan Dwight and the Harvard Musical Association Orchestra

Mary Wallace Davidson

in American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780226769769
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226769776 | DOI:
John Sullivan Dwight and the Harvard Musical Association Orchestra

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The Harvard Musical Association had founded a significant music library, sponsored a series of public chamber music concerts, and raised money. John Sullivan Dwight was the guiding spirit and day-to-day manager of the Harvard Orchestra. His means of attaining his goals and assuring the new orchestra's success were even more idealistic. Dwight decided to make some changes, and Benjamin Edward Woolf realized that the orchestra was worthy of support. Dwight was both a help and a hindrance to the development of Boston's orchestral and concert life. His insistence on “pure” music and his belief in its effects on society impelled him to present many “classical” works in Boston for the first time. As a result, Dwight widened the knowledge and taste of the audience as well as augmented the skills and understanding of at least some of Boston's professional musicians.

Keywords: Harvard Musical Association; John Sullivan Dwight; Harvard Orchestra; Boston; professional musicians; music

Chapter.  9388 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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