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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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“A Precarious Means of Living”: Early Working Musicians and Their Jobs

“A Precarious Means of Living”: Early Working Musicians and Their Jobs

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(p.26) 3 “A Precarious Means of Living”: Early Working Musicians and Their Jobs
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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/9780520251397.003.0003

This chapter studies Charles Leland Bagley, a professional musician who traveled to Los Angeles in 1893. Bagley's experiences as a musician in Los Angeles are intertwined with the stories of other early working musicians in Los Angeles. The chapter takes a look at the various jobs a musician could have, and introduces the La Fiesta De Los Angeles, an event that helped the city achieve the Spanish “days of the dons” image it sought to project. It also looks at Bagley's experiences in opera and ragtime.

Keywords:   Charles Leland Bagley, early working musicians, jobs, Los Angeles Fiesta, days of dons, opera, ragtime

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