Music, women, and pianos in antebellum Bethlehem, Pennsylvania : the Moravian Young Ladies' Seminary /
- Publication info:
- Bethlehem : Lehigh University Press, c2008.
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- Corporate Subject:
- Music, women, and pianos in antebellum Bethlehem, Pennsylvania : the Moravian Young Ladies' Seminary / Jewel A. Smith.
- Main Author:
- Smith, Jewel A., 1953-
Bethlehem : Lehigh University Press, 2008
- Related Resource:
"This book documents not only the academic and music curricula offered at a distinguished seminary, but the importance of piano study from a sociological viewpoint, music making in a gendered environment, and performance opportunities available to nineteenth-century women. The Seminary attracted students from prominent families on the eastern seaboard, as well as across the nation and from foreign countries. Piano playing was the foremost musical art regularly taught at the Seminary and was regarded as one of the few public accomplishments appropriate for young women. Repertoire included current literature such as character pieces, sets of variations, fantasies, and nocturnes - the same repertoire performed in European salons and on concert stages by artists such as Henri Herz, Sigismond Thalberg, Clara Wieck, and Franz Liszt. The text is accompanied by thirty-two illustrations, sixteen musical examples, and four tables."--BOOK JACKET.
- Physical Description:
215 p. : ill., music ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-204) and index.
9780934223904 (alk. paper)0934223904 (alk. paper)
Table of Contents
- 1. Philosophies of Women's Education
- 2. Overview of the Young Ladies' Seminary
- 3. Piano: The Favored Instrument
- 4. Piano Instruction for a Young Lady
- 5. Piano Literature Studied and Performed at the Seminary
- 6. Kummer Family and the Seminary
- 7. Life After the Seminary
- 8. Gender and Curriculum: The Seminary and Nazareth Hall Compared.