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One Woman in a HundredEdna Phillips and the Philadelphia Orchestra$
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Mary Sue Welsh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037368

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037368.001.0001

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Keeping Up with the Speed Kings

Keeping Up with the Speed Kings

(p.47) Chapter 4 Keeping Up with the Speed Kings
One Woman in a Hundred

Mary Sue Welsh

University of Illinois Press

This chapter describes the decision of Edna's mother to move to Philadelphia to support her daughter's new career. She rented a small townhouse at 1910 Panama Street for the two of them and her youngest daughter, Peggy, who was attending Beaver College (known today as Arcadia University), just northwest of Philadelphia in the suburb of Glenside. The chapter also details Edna's first rehearsal with the orchestra on September 29, 1930. She knew that she might face resistance from some of the men of the orchestra, but the wave of hostility that came at her was a shock. It was so palpable it felt like a slap. Later she discovered that the men were angry about more than just the fact that a woman had invaded their private domain. They were also upset that Vincent Fanelli had been replaced so precipitously after he developed a problem in his right hand.

Keywords:   Philadelphia Orchestra, Edna Phillips, female musicians, harpists, Vincent Fanelli

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