By E. Douglas Bomberger

In July of 1884, pianist Calixa Lavallee played a recital of works through American composers that all started a hugely influential sequence of such live shows. Over the process the subsequent decade, hundreds and hundreds of all-American concert events have been played within the usa and Europe, a flow that fostered either the improvement and the notion of yankee song as a special artwork shape. A Tidal Wave of Encouragement-the identify of that is derived from one observer's description of the movement-is the 1st in-depth learn of this crucial interval in American tune. offering a entire background of the concert events in addition to particular bills of the serious severe debate surrounding them, writer E. Douglas Bomberger finds how one decade formed the way forward for American classical track and extremely a lot impacted the best way we pay attention it this day.

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The organization that had started the trend showed no signs of slowing down, though, as newly elected president Max Leckner of Indianapolis began planning for the following year's meeting in Chicago, which would prove to be even more patriotic than those of previous years. For the Chicago convention, the MTNA hired what was arguably America's best orchestra, led by Theodore Thomas. The involvement of this conductor was an important step in the MTNA's campaign to legitimate American art music. 30 On the occasion of the 1888 MTNA convention in Chicago, he was willing to set aside any prejudices that he may have had against American music, undoubtedly swayed by the generous fee that his orchestra was offered.

Not only had these concerts become the principal feature of the MTNA conventions, but they were being presented by other groups all over the country. Wilson G. "34 The optimistic view that the movement would bring forth a truly great American composer was the main reason that the MTNA and other organizations were willing to put so much money and effort into these concerts. As each year passed, the hope became stronger that the "American Wagner" would appear. 20 "A Tidal Wave of Encouragement" Amid this optimism there was one pessimistic voice.

B. Whitney's proposal at the 1887 convention for the appointment of a librarian was referred to committee; the duties of the librarian were described in the revised bylaws adopted at the 1888 convention. 26. Quoted in "An Ignoble Slur," MC 14/24 (June 15, 1887): 384; and "The Opposition to American Composers," The Folio 31/7 (July 1887): 273. 27. "Mr. Sherwood's Concerts," BET, November 9, 1887, p. 1. 28. A. Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Music Teachers' National Association," MC 15/3 (July 20, 1887): 36.

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