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Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music$
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Michael Broyles

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100457

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100457.001.0001

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The Log Cabin Composer

The Log Cabin Composer

(p.39) Chapter 3 The Log Cabin Composer
Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music

Broyles Michael

Yale University Press

A product of romanticism, Anthony Philip Heinrich shared a vision of America similar to that of the Hudson River school of painters. This chapter focuses on the life and musical career of Heinrich. It begins with the rise of Cane Ridge, a mass movement that originated in Kentucky and ultimately swept the American west, and how Lowell Mason, a banker from Savannah, Georgia, countered the unrestrained hymnody of the west through his sacred music. It looks at the shift from sacred church music to secular instrumental music that saw psalmody give way to symphony, and the emergence of romanticism embraced by Heinrich. It also examines how Heinrich synthesized his own brand of romanticism that revolutionized American music and how he exploited his own legend as the “log cabin composer.” The chapter considers Heinrich's years in Boston and Europe, including London, his special fondness for Felix Mendelssohn, his orchestral music, and his time in New York City. Finally, it describes the total eclipse of Heinrich's reputation after his death.

Keywords:   romanticism, Anthony Philip Heinrich, Lowell Mason, sacred music, church music, instrumental music, American music, London, Felix Mendelssohn, orchestral music

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