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American Music, 1790-1820: The New Nation gets its Feet on the Ground

Following a largely amateur and underdeveloped musical life during the colonial period, an influx of trained professional immigrant musicians transformed the new United States and established a viable music business.   In 1787 America's first printed sheet music appears in Philadelphia, and in that city as well as Baltimore and New York new, large theaters were constructed soon thereafter.  Catering to a growing and more urbanized population, musicians made careers in teaching, public performing (at churches, theaters, outdoor pleasure gardens, dance halls and beyond), importing and manufacturing musical instruments, and publishing music.  Come learn from early American music scholar, Dr. David Hildebrand, about some of the professionals who did these things, and about the music they arranged, composed and performed -- some surprises and controversies no doubt await those who attend!

This delightful musical program is open to both RSV members and not-yet-members.  As it is being presented over Zoom, participants must have the (free) Zoom software downloaded onto their device in order to participate.  A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent in your registration confirmation e-mail.  Registration for this event is required and will close on December 9.


Our Artist

Dr. David K. Hildebrand
 is a freelance performer, lecturer, author and recording artist whose specialty is early American music.  Longtime instructor of musicology at the Peabody Conservatory, he was founding director of The Colonial Music Institute.

David and wife Ginger Hildebrand have produced seven CDs, and he is featured in the documentary film "Anthem: The Story of `The Star-Spangled Banner.’” With appearances on C-SPAN television, "History Detectives," NPR, BBC radio, he co-authored Musical Maryland (Johns Hopkins University Press).  David twice enjoyed research fellowships at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 7:00 PM
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