OPENING "THE DOOR TO THIS INTENSE AND PASSIONATE MUSICAL LIFE": A SURVEY OF THE MUSIC OF THE MODERN WORLD,1895 - 1897
The Music of the Modern World, a serialized subscription publication begun in 1895, with its combination of articles, printed music, and illustrations, is one of the era’s most comprehensive sources of musical repertoire and musical thought. This thesis begins by introducing the publication’s editors and contributors and situates the work in the broader context of the publishing industry at the time. Analyses of the articles trace two pervasive threads of discourse: the debates of Wagnerism and American nationalism in music. The music contents reveal trends in music-making at the end of the nineteenth century. The illustrations are shown to provide readers with a third stream of information rather than mere decoration. Comparison with other contemporary publications demonstrates the unique and distinctive values of this work. In total, The Music of the Modern World provides a snapshot of American musical culture at the time.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:the music of modern world anton seidl henry krehbiel fanny morris smith wagnerism american musical nationalism publishing iconography
Date of Publication:01/01/2006