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From Paris to Peoria: How European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland

R. Allen Lott


The American tours of five visiting virtuoso pianists — Leopold de Meyer (1845-7), Henri Herz (1846-50), Sigismund Thalberg (1856-8), Anton Rubinstein (1872-3), and Hans von Bülow (1875-6) — are examined in this book in regard to their management, itinerary, repertoire, performance style, and reception. The transformation of audiences from boisterous to reverent, the gradual acceptance of the piano recital, the establishment of a canon of masterworks for the piano, and the evolution of concert-giving into a highly organized commercial enterprise are documented. Appendices include the itinerari ... More

Keywords: Leopold de Meyer, Henri Herz, Sigismund Thalberg, Anton Rubinstein, Hans von Bülow, pianists, piano recitals, audiences, concert life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195148831
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148831.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. Allen Lott, author
School of Church Music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary