Musical Maryland: A History of Song and Performance from the Colonial Period to the Age of Radio

Musical Maryland: A History of Song and Performance from the Colonial Period to the Age of Radio

By: Elizabeth M. Schaaf (author), David K. Hildebrand (author)Hardback

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In Musical Maryland, the first comprehensive survey of the music emanating from the Old Line State, David K. Hildebrand and Elizabeth M. Schaaf explore the myriad ways in which music has enriched the lives of Marylanders. From the drinking songs of colonial Annapolis, the liturgical music of the Zion Lutheran Church, and the work songs of the tobacco fields to the exuberant marches of late nineteenth-century Baltimore Orioles festivals, Chick Webb's mastery on drums, and the triumphs of the Baltimore Opera Society, this richly illustrated volume explores more than 300 years of Maryland's music history. Beginning with early compositions performed in private settings and in public concerts, this book touches on the development of music clubs like the Tuesday Club, the Florestan Society, and H. L. Mencken's Saturday Night Club, as well as lasting institutions such as the Peabody Institute and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Yet the soundscape also includes militia quicksteps, sea chanteys, and other work songs. The book describes the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner"-perhaps Maryland's single greatest contribution to the nation's musical history. It chronicles the wide range of music created and performed by Maryland's African American musicians along Pennsylvania Avenue in racially segregated Baltimore, from jazz to symphonic works. It also tells the true story of a deliberately integrated concert that the BSO staged at the end of World War II. The book is full of musical examples, engravings, paintings, drawings, and historic photographs that not only portray the composers and performers but also the places around the state in which music flourished. Illuminating sidebars by William Biehl focus on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century song of the kind evoked by the USS Baltimore or inspired by the state's history, natural beauty, and romantic steamboats. The book also offers a sampling of the tunes that Maryland's more remarkable composers and performers, including Billie Holiday, Eubie Blake, and Cab Calloway, contributed to American music before the homogenization that arrived in earnest after World War II. Bringing to life not only portraits of musicians, composers, and conductors whose stories and recollections are woven into the fabric of this book, but also musical scores and concert halls, Musical Maryland is an engaging, authoritative, and bold look at an endlessly compelling subject.

About Author

David K. Hildebrand is an adjunct instructor of musicology at the Peabody Conservatory and the director of the Colonial Music Institute. Elizabeth M. Schaaf is the founding archivist of the Peabody Institute. William Biehl is the founder of the Maryland Heritage Vocal Ensemble and a former chorus director in the Barbershop Harmony Society.


Prelude1. Drawing Rooms, Taverns, Churches, and Tobacco FieldsOvertureComplete Gentlemen and Agreeable WomenPlaying by HeartPlaying Music for a LivingA Passion for TheaterDance and Dance MusicLiturgical MusicMusic and Independence2. Something for EveryoneFrom Cathedral to Camp MeetingBaltimore Theater at the Dawn of the New RepublicDancingEffusionMusical EntrepreneurshipParlor MusicSheet Music and Civics LessonsMusic to Work ByOff HoursClassical TastePiano Making and Musical InstructionMusically GermanCelebrity Singers and the Clamor for OperaPopular Song and Racial Prejudice3. IntermissionHome of the BraveParlor to PatriotismMy MarylandMaryland Sings for the SouthMaryland's Songs for UnionMusic EncampedMusic of the Maryland US Colored TroopsSotto Voce4. Toward Union and ConcordA New Birth of MusicThe Enchanted FluteOut on the TownChambers, Beer Gardens, and Festivals FortissimoSturm und Drang at the PeabodyBaltimore Builds the LyricPrelude to an Orchestra5. My MarylandResuscitating the Conservatory; Envisioning an OrchestraGreat War, Popular FearsAin't Misbehavin'American RhapsodyThe Pennsylvania Avenue RagLeaving Home for HarlemPleasures of the Pit OrchestraSummertime6. Musical Airs, Aired MusicBest Out-of-Town FeedDepressionAmateur Hour"Straight Americanese" from East BaltimoreHome, Home on the ShoreMusic on the Home FrontWar WorkThe Baltimore Civic Opera in Peace and WarOverture to EqualityOnce More, with FeelingCodaNotesIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9781421422398
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9781421422398
  • weight: 953
  • ISBN10: 1421422395

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