By Brian Christopher Thompson
In Anthems and Minstrel indicates, Brian Thompson analyzes Lavallée’s song, letters, and released writings, in addition to newspapers and song magazines of the time, to supply a close account of musical lifestyles in nineteenth-century North the United States and the connection among track and kingdom. Leaving Quebec at age 16, Lavallée travelled greatly for a decade as musical director of a minstrel troupe, and spent a yr as a bandsman within the Union military. Later, as a performer and conductor, he equipped a repertoire that ready audiences for the intellectually difficult track of ecu composers and new tune through his US contemporaries. His personal track prolonged from nationwide songs to comedian operas, and instrumental track, as he shifted among the worlds of classical and well known tune.
Previously portrayed as a humble French Canadian compelled into exile by way of lack of knowledge and injustice, Lavallée emerges right here as formidable, radical, bohemian, and completely engaged with the musical, social, and political currents of his time. whereas nationalism and nation-building are principal to this tale, Anthems and Minstrel indicates asks to which kingdom – or countries – Lavallée and “O Canada” particularly belong.
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Anthems and Minstrel Shows: The Life and Times of Calixa Lavallée, 1842-1891 by Brian Christopher Thompson