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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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From Paris to Peoria

R. Allen Lott

Oxford University Press

By the closing decades of the 19th century, the solo piano recital containing a survey of historical repertoire had won full acceptance, reflecting the increased view of music as edification rather than entertainment. Although some writers have contended that the visiting virtuosos were more harmful than beneficial, earlier testimony is clear that at the time most Americans believed they were a beneficent phenomenon, awakening musical interest among a wide range of audiences and providing excellent models for students and aspiring professional musicians.

Keywords:   piano recitals, music as edification, music as entertainment, virtuosos, professional musicians, music students

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