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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 Lion Tamed

The Lion Tamed

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(p.39) CHAPTER 3 The Lion Tamed
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From Paris to Peoria
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R. Allen Lott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148831.003.0004

During his second season in America, Leopold de Meyer came under attack for his manipulation of the press, the staging of ovations by claques, and the filling of concert halls with deadheads as well as being uncooperative with fellow musicians. Highlights of his concerts in New York and Philadelphia were performances of his Marche marocaine and Marche d'Isly as orchestrated by Hector Berlioz, the latter in its world premiere. The arrival of the French pianist Henri Herz sent De Meyer on his inland tour early, during which he forged a successful partnership with the Irish-born violinist Joseph Burke (1817-1902). During his two-season tour of the United States and Canada, De Meyer performed at least eighty-five concerts in twenty-six cities, with his original compositions captivating the musical world surfeited with fashionable operatic fantasias and his flamboyant performance style exciting a public with little experience in hearing exceptional piano playing.

Keywords:   Leopold de Meyer, Henri Herz, Joseph Burke, Marche marocaine, Marche d'Isly, Hector Berlioz, ovations, claques, deadheads

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