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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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Henry Vieuxtemps and a Troubled Season

Henry Vieuxtemps and a Troubled Season

(p.147) CHAPTER 9 Henry Vieuxtemps and a Troubled Season
From Paris to Peoria

R. Allen Lott

Oxford University Press

Bernard Ullman arranged for the Belgian violinist Henry Vieuxtemps (1820-81) to contribute some novelty to Sigismund Thalberg's second season in America, which was marred, however, by the financial panic of 1857. Audiences in the eastern cities who had already heard him multiple times were reluctant to spend money when finances were tight, and many concerts were canceled. Thalberg thus made two forays into the Midwest, where audiences who had yet to hear him were more eager to part with money. Like Leopold de Meyer before him, Thalberg brought his own Erard grand pianos, but he eventually had an understanding with the American piano firm of Chickering to supply pianos for his concerts. His last appearances in New York were at the orchestral concerts of the French conductor Alfred Musard (1828-81).

Keywords:   Bernard Ullman, Sigismund Thalberg, Erard pianos, Chickering pianos, Alfred Musard

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