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Making Music in Los AngelesTransforming the Popular$
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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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“Popular Prices Will Prevail”: Competing and Cooperating Impresarios

“Popular Prices Will Prevail”: Competing and Cooperating Impresarios

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Making Music in Los Angeles

Catherine Parsons Smith

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the entrepreneurial competition that existed between theatre and music store operators in Los Angeles during the 1890s, specifically Frederick W. Blanchard and L.E. Behymer. It notes that while both theatre and music store operators were relevant in developing private and public music making, they brought different backgrounds and styles to their concert organizing. The chapter also introduces Harry C. Wyatt, a former drummer boy in the Confederate Army and the manager of a minstrel troupe, Child's Gran Opera House, and eventually the Los Angeles Theatre, studying the events that occurred before and after Wyatt became manager of the Los Angeles Theatre.

Keywords:   entrepreneurial competition, theatre operators, music store operators, Frederick W. Blanchard, L.E. Behymer, concert organizing, Harry C. Wyatt

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