Musical activities in Salem, Massachusetts: 1783-1823
Hehr, Milton Gerald
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Very little is known to date of the musical life in America during the transitionary period extending from roughly the last quarter of the eighteenth century through the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Musical life in New England would seem to have started with psalmody in the eighteenth century and then have skipped to public school music in the late 1830's, with a few native composers and itinerate singing masters bridging the two eras. However, the larger communities bordering the whole eastern seaboard developed an urbane society which readily sought to emulate English Continental musical life. Salem, during this transitionary period, was the second largest community in Massachusetts and one of the major seaports in America. As a direct result of maritime commerce, Salem became one of the wealthiest towns in America; and, as such, experienced a sophisticated society which actively supported a musical life, equal in quality to almost any in America. It was the purpose of this dissertation (1) to present a detailed picture of the musical life in Salem, Massachusetts, from the years 1783 to 1823; (2) to identify the significant musical events, personalities, and musical organizations existing during this period, and by so doing; (3) to emphasize a facet of musical performance during this period of American History. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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