By Brian Christopher Thompson
In Anthems and Minstrel indicates, Brian Thompson analyzes Lavallée’s tune, letters, and released writings, in addition to newspapers and tune magazines of the time, to supply an in depth account of musical existence in nineteenth-century North the USA and the connection among tune and kingdom. Leaving Quebec at age 16, Lavallée travelled generally for a decade as musical director of a minstrel troupe, and spent a yr as a bandsman within the Union military. Later, as a performer and conductor, he outfitted a repertoire that ready audiences for the intellectually difficult song of ecu composers and new track by means of his US contemporaries. His personal song prolonged from nationwide songs to comedian operas, and instrumental tune, as he shifted among the worlds of classical and renowned song.
Previously portrayed as a humble French Canadian compelled into exile through lack of know-how and injustice, Lavallée emerges right here as formidable, radical, bohemian, and entirely engaged with the musical, social, and political currents of his time. whereas nationalism and nation-building are significant to this tale, Anthems and Minstrel exhibits asks to which country – or international locations – Lavallée and “O Canada” fairly belong.
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Anthems and Minstrel Shows: The Life and Times of Calixa Lavallée, 1842-1891 by Brian Christopher Thompson