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The Gale Costume Lectures: Music and Myth of Old Japan
For more information on the influence of Japanese music on the American public in the early 1900s, see: Sheppard, W. Anthony. Extreme Exoticism: Japan in the American Musical Imagination. Oxford UP, 2019.1913. Illustrated bifolium program (11" by 8") for a performance given by Albert Gale and his wife Martha Brockway Gale, "Music and Myth of Old Japan". The Gales were two Americans who toured the United States giving "Gale Costume Lectures" with the intent of sharing Japanese art, costume, and performance with the Western world. The program was designed by Albert, and advertises the performance as "A Glimpse of the Queer and Quaint Customs of the 'Little Brown People'" (front); he describes himself on the back as an "Ethnologist of Music" with interests in "the relationships of seemingly diversified primitive peoples". The Gales also gave a similar performance the year before in costume as Native Americans, with a similar program purporting to share "authentic" ethnic music and dance. Very good. Some sunning. Left-hand margin reinforced with paper. Pencil inscriptions to front detailing date of performance.
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