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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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The Midwest and Back

The Midwest and Back

(p.271) CHAPTER 16 The Midwest and Back
From Paris to Peoria

R. Allen Lott

Oxford University Press

Hans von Bülow made two tours of the Midwest, where he essentially gave solo recitals with only a brief respite by the Canadian-American soprano Lizzie Cronyn (1852-1921). Letters that Bülow wrote while in America vividly record the rigors of constant traveling, which eventually wreaked havoc on his already depleted nervous system, forcing him to withdraw from his contract after fulfilling only 139 concerts out of 172. Bülow's performances, though possessing greater perfection than Rubinstein's, did not create the same sensation as Rubinstein's overtly emotional ones. However, Bülow's greater faithfulness to the intentions of the composers helped establish orthodox interpretations of the canonic piano repertoire for the next generation of serious performers and teachers.

Keywords:   Hans von Bülow, Lizzie Cronyn, Anton Rubinstein, musical interpretation

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