Music and Politics in San Francisco: From the 1906 Quake to the Second World War (California Studies in 20th-Century Music 13)
Leta E. Miller (Author)
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This lively history immerses the reader in San Francisco's musical life during the first half of the twentieth century, showing how a fractious community overcame virulent partisanship to establish cultural monuments such as the San Francisco Symphony (1911) and Opera (1923). Leta E. Miller draws on primary source material and first-hand knowledge of the music to argue that a utopian vision counterbalanced partisan interests and inspired cultural endeavors, including the San Francisco Conservatory, two world fairs, and America's first municipally owned opera house. Miller demonstrates that rampant racism, initially directed against Chinese laborers (and their music), reappeared during the 1930s in the guise of labor unrest as WPA music activities exploded in vicious battles between administrators and artists, and African American and white jazz musicians competed for jobs in nightclubs. 25 b-w photographs, 30 musical examples, 13 tables, 3 maps
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About the Author
Leta E. Miller is Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is coauthor (with Fredric Lieberman) of Composing a World: Lou Harrison, Musical Wayfarer and Lou Harrison.
- Contributor: Leta E. Miller
- Imprint: University of California Press
- ISBN13: 9780520268913
- Number of Pages: 384
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229x28mm
- Packaged Weight: 635
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Release Date: 2011-10-04
- Series: California Studies in 20th-Century Music
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Leta E. Miller is Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is coauthor (with Fredric Lieberman) of Composing a World: Lou Harrison, Musical Wayfarer and Lou Harrison.
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