Lieder in America

Lieder in America On Stages and in Parlors - Music in American Life

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Lieder and the rise of song recital in the United States, 1850-1914

Though viewed as quintessentially German, lieder became a centerpiece of nineteenth century song recitals in the United States. By the 1890s, these songs, which were often sung in English, were a sensation among tutored and untutored music lovers alike. Heather Platt examines the varied supporters and singers who both established the lied as a concert repertoire and shaped a new kind of recital dedicated to art songs. Lieder were embraced and spread by performers like Max Heinrich and advocates like John Sullivan Dwight, as well as by the women's clubs that flourished nationwide. At the same time as examining the critical reception of the artists and songs, Platt reveals ways in which US recital programs anticipated trends in European recitals. She also places lieder against the backdrop of the time, when factors like the growth in the sheet music industry, the evolution of American art song, and emerging anti-German feeling had a profound impact on the genre's popularity.

Book information

ISBN: 9780252087592
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 782.421680973
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 534g
Height: 156mm
Width: 235mm
Spine width: 34mm