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Catherine Parsons Smith

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251397

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251397.001.0001

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“Something of Good for the Future”: The People's Orchestra of 1912–1913

“Something of Good for the Future”: The People's Orchestra of 1912–1913

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(p.106) 8 “Something of Good for the Future”: The People's Orchestra of 1912–1913
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Making Music in Los Angeles
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Catherine Parsons Smith

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520251397.003.0008

This chapter examines the “people's” orchestra, which tried to fill the rapidly growing gap between the elite and mass entertainment, studying the People's Orchestra of 1912–1913, the developments that led to it, and its eventual downfall. It also studies the question of whether the European symphonic tradition could be adapted to national or regional needs to form a concert practice that had wide public appeal and “American” characteristics.

Keywords:   people's orchestra, mass entertainment, symphonic tradition, public appeal, American characteristics

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