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Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise

Douglas Shadle


This book narrates the history of symphonic composition in the United States during the nineteenth century and explains why this substantial repertoire of over one hundred works failed to enter the performance canon of American orchestras. Throughout the century, a widespread desire for musical independence from Europe, however defined, stood in sharp contrast to a similarly widespread reverence for music written by European masters such as Ludwig van Beethoven. Faced with choices about which side to take, aspiring composers stood in the middle. The first generation of American symphonists, wh ... More

Keywords: national musical identity, nationalism, symphony, canon, American identity, German music, orchestras, nineteenth century, Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199358649
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Shadle, author
Assistant Professor of Musicology, Vanderbilt University