INCIDENTAL AND DANCE MUSIC IN THE AMERICAN THEATRE FROM 1786 TO 1923, VOL. 1 by John Franceschina

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The history of American theater would not have developed nor impacted the sound of music today without the composers, directors, and choreographers of incidental and dance music. From the earliest immigrant composers to mainstream maestros and film composers, their successes and sorrows mirrored the masses with failed marriages, alcoholism, earning a living, and dying alone and forgotten. Much of their music was destroyed in fires or lost while touring . . . until now.

An introduction and chronology to the masterminds of music. This Volume 1 of 3 presents a detailed chronology and alphabetical lists of choreographers and dance arrangers of The Miraculous Mill (1795); The Archers (1796); Columbus (1797); The Voice of Nature (1803); The Tars from Tripoli (1806); The Indian Princess(1808); The Ethiop (1814); The Enterprise (1822); Cinderella (1837); Mazeppa (1838); Amelie (1838); Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852); The Seven Sisters! (1860); The Doctor of Alcantara (1862); King Linkum the First(1863); The Black Crook (1866); The Christian Martyrs (1867); The White Fawn (1868); Humpty Dumpty (1868); Ixion! (1868); Formosa (1869); The Little Frauds (1871); Evangeline (1874); Gambrinus (1875); The Mulligan Guard Ball! (1879); Fritz in Ireland (1879); Oedipus Tyrannus (1882); Excelsior (1883); Rosita (1884); Adonis (1884); Erminie (1886); Bluebeard, Jr. (1890); The Crystal Slipper (1890); Robin Hood (1891); A Trip to Chinatown (1891); Jupiter (1891); The Rainmaker of Syria (1893); America (1893); Tabasco (1894); The Wizard of the Nile (1895); El Capitan (1896); Santa Maria (1896);  The Belle of New York (1897);  Queen of the Ballet (1897); The Bride-Elect (1898); An Arabian Girl and Forty Thieves (1899); From Broadway to Tokio (1900); Florodora (1900); My Lady (1901); The Sleeping Beauty and the Beast (1901); A Chinese Honeymoon (1902); The Wizard of Oz (1903); Running for Office (1903); Babes in Toyland (1903); Mother Goose (1903); The Royal Chef (1904); Parsifalia (1904); A China Doll (1904); Miss Dolly Dollars (1905); The Vanderbilt Cup (1906); Folles of 1907 (1907); Azara (1907); Miss Pocahontas (1907); The Soul Kiss (1908); Bandanna Land (1908); The Silver Star (1909); Naughty Marietta (1910); The Pink Lady (1911); Temptations (1911); Treemonisha (1911); The Passing Show of 1914; Very Good Eddie (1915); The Pride of Race (1916); A Kiss for Cinderella(1916); Maytime (1917); Azora, the Daughter on Montezuma (1917); A Lonely Romeo (1919); Irene (1919); Sally (1920); Shuffle Along (1921); Music Box Revue (1921); George White’s Scandals (1922); Peaches(1923); Wildflower (1923); Runnin’ Wild (1923); Kid Boots (1923).

Subjects include: Max Steiner; Herbert Stothart; Sigmund Romberg; William Daly; Alfred Newman; Al Goodman; Rudolf Friml; Louis Gress; Julian Mitchell; Sammy Lee; Edward Royce; David Bennett; Ned Wayburn; Leon Errol; Charles J. Gebest; Raymond Hubbell; Victor Herbert; Alexander Reinagle; Raynor Taylor; James Hewitt; Victor Pelissier; Benjamin Carr; Trille Labarre; John Bray; Philip Trajetta; Charles Gilfert; Arthur Clifton; Charles E. Horn; Thomas Baker; Thomas Comer; George Loder; Anthony Reiff; Henry D. Beissenherz; Charles Koppitz; W.T. Peterschen; Harvey B. Dodworth; Alexander Tyte; George L. Fox; Julius Eichberg; James Gaspard Maeder; Robert Stoepel; Henry Tissington; Napier Lothian; Benjamin J. Deane; Auguste Predigan; Michael Connelly; Carlo Carle; Giuseppe Operti; Howard Glover; Davide Costa; Frederic Strebinger; Paolo Giorza; William H. Brinkworth; David Braham; Edward Harrigan; William Withers, Jr.; Alfred B. Sedgwick; Fred W. Zaulig; Henry Wannemacher; George Loesch; Charles Puerner; Imre Kiralfy; Bolossy Kiralfy; Joseph K. Emmet; Edward Mollenhauer; Ferdinand Von Olker; Benjamin E. Woolf; Henry Woolson Morse; Fred Perkins; Theodore Bendix; John Knowles Paine; Romualdo Marenco; Silas G. Pratt; W. S. Mullaly; Henry Widmer; Fred J. Eustis; Willard Spenser; Charles Zimmerman; Reginald De Koven; Gustave Kerker; Alexander Spencer; Edward Solomon; Richard Stahl; J. Clarence West; Edward Jakobowski; William Lloyd Bowron; Adam Itzel, Jr.; Jesse Williams; Watty Hydes; W.H. Batchelor; William Furst; Rudolph Aronson; Angelo Venanzi; Thomas Pearsal Thorne; Henry Waller; Ludwig Englander; George W. Chadwick; Percy Gaunt; Maurice Levi; Julian Edwards; Frederick W. Mills; John Stromberg; Thomas Pearsall Thorne; John Philip Sousa; Oscar Hammerstein I; A. Baldwin Sloane; Herman Perlet; Edward E. Rice; Will Marion Cook; Alfred E. Aarons; Louie Maurice; Gus Salzer; Frederic Solomon; John J. Braham; Will Accooe; Arthur Weld; Louis F. Gottschalk; Harry Lawson Heartz; Edward W. Corliss; Melville Ellis; Isidore Witmark; Frederick V. Bowers; Jean Schwartz; Alfred G. Wathall; Henry Kimball Hadley; J. Rosamond Johnson; Bert Williams; Manuel Klein; Harry Von Tilzer; John W. Bratton; Robert Hood Bowers; Gene Salzer; George M. Cohan; R.H. Burnside; Herbert Gresham; William Loraine; Max Hoffmann; James Reese Europe; Cuthbert Clarke; Al Johns; Joe Jordan; Henry L. Sanford; John S. Zamecnik; Gustav Luders; Harold Orlob; Karl Hoschna; W.T. Francis; Augustus Barratt; Frank Tours; James P. Johnson.

Illustrated. Index. Bibliography.

About the author: composer John Franceschina served as Musical Director for more than 150 shows over 50 years. He served on the Musical Theatre Faculties at Florida State University, Syracuse University, and Pennsylvania State University. His previous published works include Sisters of Gore: Seven Gothic Melodramas by British Women, 1790–1843; Gore on Stage: The Plays of Catherine Gore; Homosexualities in the English Theatre: From Lyly to Wilde; Socialists, Socialites, and Sociopaths: Plays and Screenplays by Frank Tuttle; Rape, Incest, Murder! The Marquis de Sade on Stage (3 volumes); David Braham: The American Offenbach; Harry B. Smith: Dean of American Librettists; Duke Ellington’s Music for the Theatre; Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire; and Music Theory through Musical Theatre.

 

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