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Musical Maryland

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

David K. Hildebrand and Elizabeth M. Schaaf
with contributions by William Biehl

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The only book to delve deeply into Maryland’s rich musical performance history and the people who created it.

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 only book to delve deeply into Maryland’s rich musical performance history and the people who created it.

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.

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A collection of fascinating historical vignettes and anecdotes, well-chosen, enlightening, and entertaining.

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Trim Size
8.5
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11
Pages
232
ISBN
9781421422398
Illustration Description
8 color photos, 75 b&w photos, 14 line drawings
Table of Contents

Prelude
1. Drawing Rooms, Taverns, Churches, and Tobacco Fields
Overture
Complete Gentlemen and Agreeable Women
Playing by Heart
Playing Music for a Living
A Passion for Theater
Dance and Dance Music
Liturgic

Prelude
1. Drawing Rooms, Taverns, Churches, and Tobacco Fields
Overture
Complete Gentlemen and Agreeable Women
Playing by Heart
Playing Music for a Living
A Passion for Theater
Dance and Dance Music
Liturgical Music
Music and Independence
2. Something for Everyone
From Cathedral to Camp Meeting
Baltimore Theater at the Dawn of the New Republic
Dancing
Effusion
Musical Entrepreneurship
Parlor Music
Sheet Music and Civics Lessons
Music to Work By
Off Hours
Classical Taste
Piano Making and Musical Instruction
Musically German
Celebrity Singers and the Clamor for Opera
Popular Song and Racial Prejudice
3. Intermission
Home of the Brave
Parlor to Patriotism
My Maryland
Maryland Sings for the South
Maryland's Songs for Union
Music Encamped
Music of the Maryland US Colored Troops
Sotto Voce
4. Toward Union and Concord
A New Birth of Music
The Enchanted Flute
Out on the Town
Chambers, Beer Gardens, and Festivals Fortissimo
Sturm und Drang at the Peabody
Baltimore Builds the Lyric
Prelude to an Orchestra
5. My Maryland
Resuscitating the Conservatory; Envisioning an Orchestra
Great War, Popular Fears
Ain't Misbehavin'
American Rhapsody
The Pennsylvania Avenue Rag
Leaving Home for Harlem
Pleasures of the Pit Orchestra
Summertime
6. Musical Airs, Aired Music
Best Out-of-Town Feed
Depression
Amateur Hour
"Straight Americanese" from East Baltimore
Home, Home on the Shore
Music on the Home Front
War Work
The Baltimore Civic Opera in Peace and War
Overture to Equality
Once More, with Feeling
Coda
Notes
Index

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David K. Hildebrand, Ph.D.

David K. Hildebrand is an adjunct instructor of musicology at the Peabody Conservatory and the director of the Colonial Music Institute.
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