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Manufacturing the Muse: Estey Organs & Consumer Culture in Victorian America with CD (Audio) (Music/Culture)

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Publisher Comments:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [331]-339) and index.

Synopsis:

Purchases of American reed organs between 1850 and 1910 exceeded that of pianos by almost two to one. Manufacturing the Muse is the story of the reed organ, a centerpiece in American parlors, churches, and gathering places for nearly a century. It is also the story of venerable New England entrepreneur Jacob Estey, whose industrial standardization of instrument manufacture strongly affected Victorian popular culture, social stratification, gender issues, and musical taste. Dennis Waring's examination of The Estey Organ Company (1846 to 1960) and its production and marketing strategies reveals much concerning the importance of the reed organ as a significant artifact in the history of American consumerism.

The companion CD includes a variety of period pieces, some selected from the Estey Organ Method, all played on Estey organs. Extensive appendices include surveys of Estey organ case design, free-reed making operations, diagrams, maps, timelines, and music. A generous number of photographs round out the book, which may be read as a good story as well as an important part of America's history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780819565082
Author:
Waring, Dennis G.
Author:
Estey Organ Company
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Location:
Middletown, CT
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Piano
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Turn of the Century
Subject:
Reed organ.
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Reed organ -- United States.
Subject:
Music-Books on Piano and Harpsichord
Series:
Music/Culture
Series Volume:
2390
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
356
Dimensions:
27 cm. +

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Instruments » Piano and Keyboard
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century

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Product details 356 pages Wesleyan University Press - English 9780819565082 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Purchases of American reed organs between 1850 and 1910 exceeded that of pianos by almost two to one. Manufacturing the Muse is the story of the reed organ, a centerpiece in American parlors, churches, and gathering places for nearly a century. It is also the story of venerable New England entrepreneur Jacob Estey, whose industrial standardization of instrument manufacture strongly affected Victorian popular culture, social stratification, gender issues, and musical taste. Dennis Waring's examination of The Estey Organ Company (1846 to 1960) and its production and marketing strategies reveals much concerning the importance of the reed organ as a significant artifact in the history of American consumerism.

The companion CD includes a variety of period pieces, some selected from the Estey Organ Method, all played on Estey organs. Extensive appendices include surveys of Estey organ case design, free-reed making operations, diagrams, maps, timelines, and music. A generous number of photographs round out the book, which may be read as a good story as well as an important part of America's history.

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