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From Paris to Peoria: How European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland

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It's difficult to imagine Franz Liszt performing in Peoria, but his contemporary and foremost rival, Sigismund Thalberg, did just that. During the mid-nineteenth century, Americans in more than a hundred cities--from Portland, Maine to Dubuque, Iowa to Mobile, Alabama--were treated to performances by some of Europe's most celebrated pianists. From Paris to Peoria deftly ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Boris
Sep 29, 2015 Boris rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting view of the tours of 18th century America by 5 of the leading European pianists, with some additional information and digression on other artists. The pianists were Leopold de Meyer, Henri Herz, Sigismund Thalberg, Anton Rubinstein and Hans von Bulow.

The book is both a scholarly study and a popular history, including excerpts of the musical scores that the artists performed.

This is another modern corrective to the misinformation promulgated by Harold Schonberg in his "
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