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From Paris to PeoriaHow European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland$
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R. Allen Lott

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148831.001.0001

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INTERLUDE II

INTERLUDE II

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(p.161) INTERLUDE II
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From Paris to Peoria
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R. Allen Lott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148831.003.0012

Partly because of the Civil War, no outstanding European pianist visited the United States during the 1860s. Women pianists were now entering the profession with a vengeance and several came to America, perhaps seeking greater acceptance than possible on the continent. Several of a very high caliber toured extensively throughout the United States shortly before Rubinstein's arrival, including Alide Topp (in the US 1867-70), Anna Mehlig (1846-1928; in the US 1869-73), and Marie Krebs (1851-1900; in the US 1870-2). Three more significant women pianists appeared later in the decade of the 1870s: the American Julie Rivé (later Rivé-King; 1854-1937), Arabella Goddard (1836-1922), and Annette Essipoff (1851-1914). The proliferation of women performers helped consolidate a pivotal change in the repertoire of the virtuoso pianist, who now interpreted works in a variety of styles by an array of composers representing the past and present.

Keywords:   Alide Topp, Anna Mehlig, Marie Krebs, Julie Rivé-King, Arabella Goddard, Annette Essipoff

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