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A history of what has been termed the monumental orchestra in America. It traces the growth of the symphony orchestra to its roots in European traditions, recounts the crises which it has overcome, and describes the musical repertoires with which it has regaled its audiences during the past century.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Preface
  2. John H. Mueller
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  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations
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  1. Introduction. Tastes Can Be Accounted For
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  1. 1. History of Music as Performance
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  1. 2. Social Evolution of the American Symphony Orchestra
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  1. 3. Profiles of Major American Orchestras
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  1. 4. Life Spans of Composers in the Repertoire
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  1. 5. National Sources of the Orchestral Repertoire
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  1. 6. The Orchestra, Concert Folkways, and Social Life
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  1. 7. Musical Taste and How It Is Formed
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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