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The Legacy of Elise Hall


Engels | 28-03-2024 | 180 pagina's

9789462703971

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Korte beschrijving/Annotatie

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Elise Hall, a pioneering musician in the history of the saxophone

Tekst achterflap

The saxophone is a globally popular instrument, often closely associated with renowned players such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, or more recently, Kenny G. Less well known, however, is the historical presence of women saxophonists in the nineteenth century, shortly after the instrument’s invention. Elise Hall (1853–1924), a prominent wealthy socialite in Boston at the turn of the twentieth century, defied social norms by mastering the saxophone, an unconventional instrument for a woman of her time. Despite her career’s profound impact, Elise Hall remains relatively obscure in broader music communities. Her untiring work as an impresario, patron, and performer made a significant mark on the history of the instrument. Yet these contributions have been historically undervalued, largely due to gender bias. This collection of essays, written by mainly women saxophonists/scholars, re-evaluates Elise Hall’s legacy beyond a discrete history, updating the narrative by highlighting the ways in which her identity and the saxophone itself have influenced historical accounts. By analyzing the sociocultural factors surrounding this innovative musician through a contemporary lens, the contributors challenge previously held narratives shaped by patriarchal structures and collectively affirm her place as one of the pioneers in the history of the saxophone.

Slogan/Promotie

The saxophone is a globally popular instrument, often closely associated with renowned players such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, or more recently, Kenny G. Less well known, however, is the historical presence of women saxophonists in the nineteenth century, shortly after the instrument’s invention. Elise Hall (1853–1924), a prominent wealthy socialite in Boston at the turn of the twentieth century, defied social norms by mastering the saxophone, an unconventional instrument for a woman of her time. Despite her career’s profound impact, Elise Hall remains relatively obscure in broader music communities. Her untiring work as an impresario, patron, and performer made a significant mark on the history of the instrument. Yet these contributions have been historically undervalued, largely due to gender bias. This collection of essays, written by mainly women saxophonists/scholars, re-evaluates Elise Hall’s legacy beyond a discrete history, updating the narrative by highlighting the ways in which her identity and the saxophone itself have influenced historical accounts. By analyzing the sociocultural factors surrounding this innovative musician through a contemporary lens, the contributors challenge previously held narratives shaped by patriarchal structures and collectively affirm her place as one of the pioneers in the history of the saxophone.

Biografie

Adrianne Honnold is an assistant professor of Music at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, USA where she teaches saxophone and music history courses. Kurt Bertels is a postdoctoral researcher at LUCA School of Arts (KU Leuven), Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, and Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Belgium, where he works on nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century saxophone history and performance practice.

Inhoudsopgave

9 List of Figures, Music Examples, and Tables 11 Acknowledgments Introduction 15 Rethinking Elise Hall’s Legacy Kurt Bertels & Adrianne Honnold PART I. Histories 29 “Incomparable Virtuoso”: A Reevaluation of the Performance Abilities of Elise Boyer Hall Andrew J. Allen 57 Paying and Playing? Elise Hall and Patronage in the Early Twentieth Century Kurt Bertels PART II. Critical Organology & Social Identity 81 Exhuming Elise: Rehabilitating Reputations Adrianne Honnold 105 Instruments Telling History: Engaging Elise Hall through the Saxophone Sarah McDonie PART III. Beyond Elise Hall: Gender, Media & Culture in the 1920s 127 “He puts the pep in the party”: Gender and Iconography in 1920s Buescher Saxophone Advertisements Sarah V. Hetrick 153 Intersections of Gender, Genre, and Access: The Enterprising Career of Kathryne E. Thompson Holly J. Hubbs Epilogue 177 Elise Hall and the Saxophone: Updated Narratives and Future Considerations Kurt Bertels & Adrianne Honnold 185 About the Authors 187 Index

Details

EAN :9789462703971
Uitgever :Universitaire Pers Leuven
Publicatie datum :  28-03-2024
Uitvoering :Paperback / softback
common.Language :Engels
Hoogte :237 mm
Breedte :158 mm
Dikte :12 mm
Gewicht :309 gr
Status :Op voorraad bij leverancier
Aantal pagina's :180
Keywords :  critical organology;cultural studies;elise hall;gender studies;material culture;media studies;music history;patronage;saxophone history;women in music