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Fine and DandyThe Life and Work of Kay Swift$
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Vicki Ohl

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300102611

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300102611.001.0001

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Highbrow/Lowbrow in New York City

Highbrow/Lowbrow in New York City

(p.39) Chapter 3 Highbrow/Lowbrow in New York City
Fine and Dandy

Vicki Ohl

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the changes in the life of Kay Swift after she moved to New York City with her husband James Warburg. It explains that Swift re-enrolled in the Institute of Musical Art and decided to pursue the private activities of composition and performance instead of teaching piano. It also discusses the transformation in Swift's career and how the highbrow culture of classical music, ballet, and literature became tainted with the lowbrow thrills of Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, and Harlem. This chapter also mentions Swift's decision to join the Musician's Union.

Keywords:   Kay Swift, New York City, James Warburg, Institute of Musical Art, composition and performance, highbrow culture, Broadway, Musicians' Union

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