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Ureli Corelli Hill

Barbara Haws

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226769776.003.0015
Ureli Corelli Hill

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Ureli Corelli Hill, the conductor of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, had organized the new orchestra and had been elected president of the society. He often wrote about the conductor's role and how he communicated with the musicians. It was clear that, in Europe, the role of the conductor was not fixed or standardized even within a single country. Hill's comparisons with New York offered insights into the quality of the musicianship in the city. There were some striking differences between the 1842 Philharmonic and the European orchestras that Hill encountered abroad. The 1842 Philharmonic was a hybrid of wide-ranging experiences and traditions. The leadership of the Philharmonic and the conducting duties dramatically changed when the 1848 German immigrants began to arrive. The 1842 Philharmonic was a truly American institution made up of and led by musicians of various nationalities.

Keywords: Ureli Corelli Hill; Beethoven's Fifth Symphony; Europe; conductor; 1842 Philharmonic; European orchestras

Chapter.  6852 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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