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"He Knew That a Valley Was a Culture"

Title: "He Knew That a Valley Was a Culture": W.S. Mason and the Formation of a Musical Community in Charleston, West Virginia, 1906-1956.
Name(s): Kahre, Sarah E., author
Van Glahn, Denise, professor directing treatise
Brewer, Charles E., committee member
Bakan, Michael B., committee member
College of Music, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: There are many examples of small communities where members of the population took action to fill a cultural void; one is Charleston, West Virginia. A critical figure in the development of Charleston's active performing community was William Sandheger Mason (1873-1941), founder of the Mason College of Music and Fine Arts. Both through the influence of his school and his own performing and conducting in the 1910s and 1920s, Mason established a taste for European art music in the rapidly growing city. Although most of the organizations he founded failed during the Great Depression, Mason's school continued to influence the area well after his death. Additionally, Mason facilitated the successes of the organizations that serve the area today by establishing a base of both performers and concertgoers.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3372 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: June 27, 2008.
Keywords: Community Music, American Music, Twentieth Century Music, Music Education
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Denise Von Glahn, Professor Directing Treatise; Charles E. Brewer, Committee Member; Michael B. Bakan, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
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Owner Institution: FSU