It Must Be Heard


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The Musical Life of Cleveland, 1836-1918

Cleveland’s rich musical tradition is reflected in the wide range of choirs, bands, neighborhood and semi-professional ensembles, schools and institutes, publishers, and musicians that are its history. Among the legendary figures to affect the musical scene are Emil Ring, Alfred Arthur, N. Coe Stewart, Christiaan Timmner, Johann H. Beck, and Nikolai Sokoloff. A wide variety of sources on the individuals, their organized efforts, and their music was mined by Alexander in preparing this publication that accompanied a special WRHS exhibition, It Must Be Heard, in 1980. The author, who taught music at Cleveland State University, was for many years musical director for the Church of the Covenant.

By J. Heywood Alexander.
Western Reserve Historical Society Publication No. 158

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