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Tin Pan OperaOperatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era$
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Larry Hamberlin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195338928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338928.001.0001

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Mister Pagliatch and Miss Tetrazin'

Mister Pagliatch and Miss Tetrazin'

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(p.45) Chapter 2 Mister Pagliatch and Miss Tetrazin'
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Tin Pan Opera
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Larry Hamberlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338928.003.0003

The songs in Chapter 2 describe the celebrity status of Enrico Caruso and Luisa Tetrazzini from the viewpoint of the working-class Italian immigrants whom these stars attracted to the Metropolitan and Manhattan opera houses. They highlight the contrast between those immigrants' sincere but noisy appreciation of opera and the more refined by less genuine response of elite operagoers. Gus Edwards's “My Cousin Caruso” emerges as an influential model for the topical operatic novelty song.

Keywords:   opera, novelty song, Italian immigrants, Enrico Caruso, Luisa Tetrazzini, Gus Edwards, Metropolitan Opera, Manhattan Opera, My Cousin Caruso

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