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Musical Episodes from "Accounting for Taste: The Early American Music Business and Secularization in Music Aesthetics, 1720-1825"


Peter Levenworth, AAS-NEH Long-Term Fellow

Tuesday, February 19, 2007, at 4:30 p.m.
Elmarion Room, Goddard-Daniels House
190 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts

PRÉCIS: In an effort to facilitate contributions from readers that challenge or complement my conclusions in unanticipated ways, I have tied together a series of discrete musical events with a minimum of my own contextualization. These represent a few of the main issues in my analysis of changes in the culture of music in early America. They span a period where a gradual process of secularization in popular musical taste enticed the American public away from predominantly choral sacred music to include instrumental variety, worldly and romantic songs, and a commodified music business.


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Refreshments will be provided after the paper, which will be followed by a dutch-treat dinner in Worcester. If you plan to attend, please notify Ann-Cathrine Rapp at AAS no later than Friday, February 15, by using the online registration form on the events calendar or by calling 508-471-2135.

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