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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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Joint Venture with Theodore Thomas

Joint Venture with Theodore Thomas

(p.215) CHAPTER 13 Joint Venture with Theodore Thomas
From Paris to Peoria

R. Allen Lott

Oxford University Press

An artistic highlight of Anton Rubinstein's American tour was a series of more than forty appearances with Theodore Thomas and his orchestra. Rubinstein and Thomas had a successful musical rapport, which inspired some of the pianist's best performances. Rubinstein conducted six performances of his Ocean Symphony in its then complete, six-movement version, four with Thomas's orchestra, one with the Harvard Musical Association, and one with the New York Philharmonic. Rubinstein's series of seven farewell recitals in New York (and three in Boston) that surveyed the history of keyboard literature is deservedly famous. Each recital was substantial and generally well performed, but Rubinstein's occasional memory lapses and technical slips were evident. By primarily performing the music of other composers, Rubinstein played a strategic role in the canonization of the standard piano repertoire, and his impassioned performances of these works made them palatable for the first time to the general public.

Keywords:   Anton Rubinstein, Ocean Symphony, Harvard Musical Association, New York Philharmonic

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