Nineteenth-century orchestral trombone playing in the United States

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dc.contributor.advisor Hanson, Wesley L. en_US Callison, Hugh A. (Hugh Anthony), 1944- en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:23:53Z 2011-06-03T19:23:53Z 1986 en_US 1986
dc.identifier LD2489.Z62 1986 .C34 en_US
dc.description.abstract The nineteenth century was a time of musical and cultural growth in the United States. Six of the major orchestras which exist today were established during this time. From the birth of the New York Philharmonic in 1842 through the founding of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1900, audiences that valued orchestral music provided an impetus for professional orchestral development.A comprehensive review of the events leading up to the establishment of the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestras provides a basis for understanding the nature of professional orchestral trombone playing in the United States before 1900. It was found that orchestras were established in a common manner though growth was often retarded by social and economic factors. The Civil War, especially, was an event which momentarily hindered the growth of American symphony orchestras.Biographical data about the orchestral trombone players of the nineteenth century is very incomplete in the standard texts for American music history. A registry of orchestral trombonists in the United States during this period identifies 65 trombone players who were active in major symphony orchestras. An examination of the lives of some of the better-known orchestral trombonists shows that most of these musicians immigrated from Germany. The largest number of these musicians seem to have immigrated during a period from about 1870 to 1900. These capable musicians were leaders in the development of orchestras whose personal performance was reported to be of high quality. Especially influential was Frederick Lesch, a trombonist in the Theodore Thomas Orchestra and the New Philharmonic, who served as a principal player, bass trombonist, and soloist. His performance of Ferdinand David's Concertino for Trombone and orchestra is a landmark in the growth of orchestral trombone playing.A review of literature which includes a listing of all pieces performed by major orchestras during the nineteenth century establishes the repertoire of the orchestral trombonist of the period. Through analysis of this repertoire, the technical requirements for orchestral trombone playing are established. Technique, pitch range, and dynamic range were areas where the greatest demands were made upon the players. The orchestral trombonists of the nineteenth century were indeed pioneers who set the stage for today's orchestral trombone players. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship School of Music
dc.format.extent x, 348 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Trombone with orchestra -- 19th century -- History and criticism. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Symphony orchestras -- United States -- History -- 19th century. en_US
dc.title Nineteenth-century orchestral trombone playing in the United States en_US
dc.title.alternative 19th century orchestral trombone playing in the United States en_US
dc.title.alternative 19th century orchestral trombone playing in the United States Thesis (D.A.) en_US
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