National Service and Operatic Ambitions: Arthur Nevin’s Musical Activities during World War I

  title={National Service and Operatic Ambitions: Arthur Nevin’s Musical Activities during World War I},
  author={Aaron B. Ziegel},
  journal={American Music},
  pages={414 - 446}
on 18 october 1917 Arthur Nevin reported for duty at Camp Grant outside of rockford, illinois, to begin what was surely one of the most arduous undertakings of his musical career. He had been recruited by the u.S. Army’s Commission on training Camp Activities to serve as the cantonment’s song leader, a position responsible for instructing nearly forty thousand soldiersintraining in the art of community singing. Soon thereafter, at a Saturday matinee on 5 January 1918, maj. Arthur Nevin (wearing… Expand
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