Music Takes Hold in America
Frank Cooper's Music and Arts Series
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Frank Cooper, Research Professor Emeritus, Musicology, at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami
The westward push and American Revolution added to America’s music in numerous ways. America’s first pianist, the virtuoso Louis Moreau Gottschalk, played a key role in promoting the US as a destination for tours by musicians from as far away as Russia. Audiences loved performances by international stars, clamoring to hear them in facilities such as Niblo’s Garden. New concert halls and opera houses became the focus of civic pride and status. Bands and orchestras were organized but because the nation had no place to study native talents were stymied. We had no conservatory before renowned Dvořák was lured to New York to head the US’ first. Important serious composers gradually appeared — Foote, Parker, Paine, Shelley — along with those focused on lighter music, including Sousa, Herbert and Joplin. This lecture is part of Frank Cooper's Music and Arts series.