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THE ORCHESTRAL SOUND
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- a unique look at the history of "our" type of music by DICK O'CONNOR
POPULAR MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA - A BRIEF HISTORY by DICK O'CONNOR
The following essays attempt to outline a history of the instrumental ensemble performance of popular music in the United States to 1940 and the various European developments that preceded and directly affected it. I believe they represent the first chronicle with this focus and as such they make no pretense of comprehensiveness or even of total accuracy but merely present a number of facts, topics, and opinions which I encourage others to examine, expand, contemplate, and correct. In them it has been my privilege to set down the names of many fine musicians whose work merits further listening and study.
There has been a good amount of research into the history of wind and dance bands, early sound recording and silent film music. I know of several interesting young people working to increase our knowledge and understanding of salon and light music, theatre and stock orchestration. We as yet have relatively little information about the music of vaudeville and the first generation of radio arrangers mentioned here, but sufficient archives exist to keep scholars and enthusiasts busy for some time.
Most of the material was gleaned from standard reference books. Of particular help were Music in the New World by Charles Hamm, Conductors and Composers of Popular Orchestral Music by Reuben and Naomi Musiker, and Tim Gracyk and Frank Hoffman’s Popular American Recording Pioneers 1895-1925. I would like to acknowledge the aid of Tom Clark, the contribution of the late Chester Hazlett, and thank again Bill Halvorsen for his continued interest and support.
Dick O’Connor, July 2003.
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part 12 (last installment)
This is great reading about the history of the music we love. Mr. O'Connor has devoted much time and research to these articles, please enjoy them - this material is unique to this website - Bill
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