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Singing for FreedomThe Hutchinson Family Singers and the Nineteenth-Century Culture of Reform$
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Scott Gac

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300111989

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300111989.001.0001

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Second Section: A Music Career and the Hunt for an Identity, 1841

Second Section: A Music Career and the Hunt for an Identity, 1841

Second Section: A Music Career and the Hunt for an Identity, 1841
Singing for Freedom

Scott Gac

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the Hutchinson Family Singers' attempts to build an identity for themselves through their music career in 1841. Society was not the kind of performance that the Hutchinsons had in mind. With their music career stalling, they focused on their worsening financial situation. In 1841 audiences found the Hutchinsons' Aeolian associations weak—their performance was hardly effortless or instinctive, natural, or wondrous; their singing failed to inspire a search for the supernatural within the natural world. Living in Lynn once again, the Hutchinson brothers resumed their nonmusical employ. The Boston papers generally liked the Hutchinsons, who, as time progressed, used their family name more often than the rubric Aeolian Vocalists.

Keywords:   Hutchinsons, music career, financial situation, nonmusical employ, Aeolian Vocalists

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