The Leopold Damrosch Orchestra, 1877–78

Ora Frishberg Saloman

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:
The Leopold Damrosch Orchestra, 1877–78

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Leopold Damrosch, who succeeded in developing a transitional orchestra in 1877 that bore his name and which emerged following an adverse professional circumstance, was an ardent and knowledgeable advocate of Richard Wagner's music and a former leading member of Franz Liszt's inner circle at Weimar. His appointment with the New York Philharmonic occurred during the widespread economic depression created after the financial panic of 1873. In addition, Damrosch's programming for his new orchestra can be briefly placed with respect to continuing critical and aesthetic tensions centering on important issues in nineteenth-century America. Although the Leopold Damrosch Orchestra has been little heralded in the current accounts, it still significantly contributed to the expansion and flourishing of professional orchestral activity in New York City during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Keywords: transitional orchestra; Leopold Damrosch; Richard Wagner; Franz Liszt; New York Philharmonic; programming; New York City

Chapter.  7174 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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