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The Guitar in AmericaVictorian Era to Jazz Age$
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Jeffrey J. Noonan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110188

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110188.001.0001

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The Wizard and The Grand Lady

(p.138) Chapter Eight Interlude
The Guitar in America

Jeffrey J. Noonan

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the role of Vahdah Olcott-Bickford and William Foden in the history of guitar in America. It explains that Olcott-Bickford was considered the Grand Lady of the Guitar and Foden The Wizard of the Guitar. The chapter suggests that Foden’s overwhelming technical mastery of his instrument served as an awe-inspiring model for America’s guitarists, while Olcott-Bickford’s sensitivity confirmed for guitarists that their instrument met the highest aesthetic standards of America’s musical culture.

Keywords:   guitar, Vahdah Olcott-Bickford, William Foden, America, guitarists, aesthetic standards, musical culture

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