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- DescriptionThis lively history immerses the reader in San Francisco's musical life during the first half of the twentieth century, showing how a fractious community overcame virulent partisanship to establish cultural monuments such as the San Francisco Symphony (1911) and Opera (1923). Leta E. Miller draws on primary source material and first-hand kwledge of the music to argue that a utopian vision counterbalanced partisan interests and inspired cultural endeavors, including the San Francisco Conservatory, two world fairs, and America's first municipally owned opera house. Miller demonstrates that rampant racism, initially directed against Chinese laborers (and their music), reappeared during the 1930s in the guise of labor unrest as WPA music activities exploded in vicious battles between administrators and artists, and African American and white jazz musicians competed for jobs in nightclubs.
- Author BiographyLeta E. Miller is Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is coauthor (with Fredric Lieberman) of Composing a World: Lou Harrison, Musical Wayfarer and Lou Harrison.
- Author(s)Leta E. Miller
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2011
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series TitleCalifornia Studies in 20th-Century Music
- Series Part/Volume Number13
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note25 b/w photographs, 30 musical examples, 13 tables, 3 maps
- Weight485 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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