Live Recollections: Uses of the Past in U.S. Concert Life
Journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music
As an institution, the concert has long been one of the central mechanisms through which a sense of musical history is constructed and conveyed to a contemporary listening audience. Examining concert programs and critical reviews, this paper will briefly survey U.S. concert life at three distinct moments: in the 1840s, when a conflict arose between virtuoso performance and an emerging classical canon; in the 1910s through 1930s, when early jazz concerts referenced the past to highlight the music's progress over time; and in the late twentieth century, when rock festivals sought to reclaim a sense of liveness in an increasingly mediatized cultural landscape.
concerts, canons, jazz, rock, virtuosity, history
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Waksman, Steve, "Live Recollections: Uses of the Past in U.S. Concert Life" (2010). Music: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.