Musical Interludes in Boston, 1795-1830

Musical Interludes in Boston, 1795-1830

Musical Interludes in Boston, 1795-1830

Musical Interludes in Boston, 1795-1830

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In his conclusion to "Concert Life in America," Oscar Sonneck defers expressing an opinion on the lessening of musical activity until another historian "attempts to span the bridge between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries." For the most part, historians, having covered the formation of a new government and envisioned the Jeffersonian reforms, leave the political and social welfare of the young nation to struggle on as best it can until the more exciting reign of Andrew Jackson. Or, on the other hand, historians fall into "the sink of antiquarianism" against which Henry Adams warns. This volume is an attempt to span that part of the bridge between the centuries which rests in New England.

A large part of the pleasure gained from compiling these notes has been owing to the courtesies extended by individuals and institutions. Above all to Dr. Otto Kinkeldey, to whose hospitable door all musical scholars, lay or professional, gladly come, more gratitude is due than can be easily expressed. His kindness and encouragement have been constant and inspiring. Dr. Archibald T. Davison early showed his interest, and Mr. Harold Bauer has been most cordial. The Harvard University Library, the Music Room of the Boston Public Library, and the American Antiquarian Society permitted wide use of their treasures; research in the British Museum was finished two days before war was declared. Miss Osborn and Miss Tapley of the Essex Institute gave cordial assistance, the John Carter Brown Library and the Massachusetts Historical Society showed Von Hagen and Graupner imprints, and the Trustees of the Handel and Haydn Society permitted examination of early records. The collection of newspaper findings compiled by Mr. Donald Tilton, under the auspices of the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation in the Library of Congress, was of inestimable value by reason of its accuracy and scope. Without them, this study would have been burdensome.

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