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National Service and Operatic Ambitions: Arthur Nevin’s Musical Activities during World War I

National Service and Operatic Ambitions: Arthur Nevin’s Musical Activities during World War I AAro N Zie Gel National Service and o peratic Ambitions: Arthur Nevin’s m usical Activities during World War i o n 18 o ctober 1917 Arthur Nevin reported for duty at Camp Grant outside of r ockford, illinois, to begin what was surely one of the most arduous undertakings of his musical career. He had been recruited by the u .S. Army’s Commission on t raining Camp Activities to serve as the cantonment’s song leader, a position responsible for instructing nearly forty thousand soldiers-in- training in the art of community singing. Soon thereafter, at a Saturday matinee on 5 January 1918, maj. Arthur Nevin (wearing his army khakis) conducted the world premiere of his one- act opera A Daughter of the Forest at the Chicago o pera Company. Such simultaneous yet disparate musical endeavors are characteristic of this composer ’s career path as he sought both to serve his country during wartime and to capitalize on performance opportunities afforded by the increasingly patriotic bent of the nation’s artistic scene. t his case study of how one composer charted a career during World War i offers a compelling frame through which to examine key facets of Aaron Ziegel is an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

National Service and Operatic Ambitions: Arthur Nevin’s Musical Activities during World War I

American Music , Volume 34 (4) – Apr 15, 2017

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University of Illinois Press
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1945-2349

Abstract

AAro N Zie Gel National Service and o peratic Ambitions: Arthur Nevin’s m usical Activities during World War i o n 18 o ctober 1917 Arthur Nevin reported for duty at Camp Grant outside of r ockford, illinois, to begin what was surely one of the most arduous undertakings of his musical career. He had been recruited by the u .S. Army’s Commission on t raining Camp Activities to serve as the cantonment’s song leader, a position responsible for instructing nearly forty thousand soldiers-in- training in the art of community singing. Soon thereafter, at a Saturday matinee on 5 January 1918, maj. Arthur Nevin (wearing his army khakis) conducted the world premiere of his one- act opera A Daughter of the Forest at the Chicago o pera Company. Such simultaneous yet disparate musical endeavors are characteristic of this composer ’s career path as he sought both to serve his country during wartime and to capitalize on performance opportunities afforded by the increasingly patriotic bent of the nation’s artistic scene. t his case study of how one composer charted a career during World War i offers a compelling frame through which to examine key facets of Aaron Ziegel is an

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Apr 15, 2017

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