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ELGAR IN CINCINNATI: MYSTICISM, BRITISHNESS, AND MODERNITY

by PADGETT, AUSTIN D.

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Edward Elgar visited Cincinnati to conduct the 1906 May Festival, which was a critical event for the future of the organization. Theodore Thomas, the festival’s founding director, had recently died. Also, the May Festival Chorus had been newly reformed, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra would appear in the Festival for the first time. The May Festival Board contracted Elgar to guarantee a large audience, but his commitment to his publisher and his grief over his father’s recent death hindered his public exposure. If Elgar’s presence was going to be a promotional device for the Festival, the newspaper critics would have to create a sense of importance to surround the composer’s presence. This thesis explores the criticism and reception of Elgar in Cincinnati, examining the themes of mysticism, Britishness, and modernity about the composer and his music and demonstrating their place in the context of Cincinnati’s musical history and Elgar’s biography.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:cincinnati may festival elgar britishness dream of gerontius

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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