By Brian Christopher Thompson
In Anthems and Minstrel exhibits, Brian Thompson analyzes Lavallée’s song, letters, and released writings, in addition to newspapers and track magazines of the time, to supply an in depth account of musical existence in nineteenth-century North the USA and the connection among song and state. Leaving Quebec at age 16, Lavallée travelled commonly 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 equipped a repertoire that ready audiences for the intellectually hard tune of eu composers and new tune 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 understanding and injustice, Lavallée emerges right here as bold, radical, bohemian, and completely engaged with the musical, social, and political currents of his time. whereas nationalism and nation-building are primary to this tale, Anthems and Minstrel exhibits asks to which kingdom – or international locations – Lavallée and “O Canada” particularly belong.
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