“A Concentration of Talent on Our Musical Horizon”

Katherine K. Preston

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:
“A Concentration of Talent on Our Musical Horizon”

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Louis Antoine Jullien was the man responsible for the success of American tour, a careful examination of which indicated that Americans were attracted to a combination of elements. His orchestra was an example of a type of ensemble, different and distinct from concert-society orchestras, that emerged in the 1830s and 1840s. Its repertory was remarkably consistent during the New York engagement. Jullien programmed symphonic works by several American composers and commissioned symphonic compositions. The orchestral works by Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, and the American composers were significant for the Jullien Orchestra repertory. Jullien and his orchestra affected American musical culture at midcentury. The most obvious impression he made was on American composers. Thus, Jullien was a force to be reckoned with in midcentury America.

Keywords: Louis Antoine Jullien; American tour; Jullien Orchestra; New York; repertory; American musical culture; Felix Mendelssohn; Beethoven

Chapter.  10872 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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