Hi, this is Lulu. The winner of the contest is: Marc! Because you are at RISD, my dad says that he will bring it to you in person. Congratulations!
Marc, you have won a new paperback copy of Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum, published by Wesleyan University Press in December. The book traces the emergence of music listening in the United States, from the antebellum era, when entrepreneurs first packaged and sold the experience of hearing musical performance, to the Gilded Age, when genteel critics succeeded in redefining the cultural value of listening to music. Its publication is supported by grants from both the American Musicological Society and the Professional Development Fund of Rhode Island School of Design.
“Impeccably researched, Listening and Longing shows us how Jenny Lind was the Lady Gaga of her day. Cavicchi’s excellent use of primary materials, such as 19th-century diary entries and periodicals, document how the seeds were germinated for today’s music-fan culture.”
—Holly George-Warren, author of The Road to Woodstock
“Cavicchi's book is a richly detailed, lucid account of how and why music-listening is an active, participatory aspect of music-loving. Listening and Longing has changed fundamentally the way I think about the development of America’s musical culture.”
—Dale Cockrell, author of Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World
“With grace and insight, Daniel Cavicchi demonstrates how the first modern ‘cultures of hearing’ emerged in relation to new markets and venues, new urban environments, and new moral taxonomies surrounding the very categories of ‘music,’ ‘audience,’ and ‘listening.’ Pushing well beyond the conventional terrain of early American music studies, this is a work that helps us reconnect the notoriously subjective acts of ‘listening’ and ‘longing’ to their much broader historical contexts.”
¬--James W. Cook, author of The Arts of Deception: Playing with Fraud in the Age of Barnum