TITLE: Music in the Chautauqua movement; from 1874 to the 1930s.
AUTHOR: Lush, Paige.
PUBLISH DATE: 2013
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION: ML27
REVIEW: Lush (music history, American music, and concert band, McHenry County College) examines the role of music in the Chautauqua movement between 1874 and the 1930s, the place of Chautauqua on the spectrum between education and entertainment, and the role of music in defining that place. She explains how the Chautauqua movement emerged from the desire of religious communities to impart adult education and how it was viewed as a means for higher culture and urban intellectual discourse to reach rural Americans. She considers the implications of this idea for musical programming and delves into the place of Chautauqua in early twentieth-century American culture, its relationship with other entertainment and educational phenomena, and the role of music in separating it from vaudeville and other entertainment. She profiles musicians, their musical choices, and the ways musical acts were used to craft an image of the music in a way that would create community support. ((C) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)
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