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Imagining Native America in Music$
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Michael V. Pisani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108934

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108934.001.0001

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In Search of the Authentic: Musical Tribal Portraits, 1890–1911

In Search of the Authentic: Musical Tribal Portraits, 1890–1911

(p.211) 7 In Search of the Authentic: Musical Tribal Portraits, 1890–1911
Imagining Native America in Music

Michael V. Pisani

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the depiction of Indian tribal music in America during the period from 1890 to 1911. It analyzes Indianism based on instrumental character pieces that used quotation and which served as musical tribal portraits of native America. It suggests that the roots of the “Indian character piece” can be found in John Fillmore's 1893 settings of Omaha songs and describes the relevant works of others composers including John Philip Sousa and Victor Herbert.

Keywords:   Indian tribal music, musical Indianism, character pieces, native America, John Fillmore, Omaha songs, John Philip Sousa, Victor Herbert

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