January 6, 2007
I recently discovered “Palm Court” (or “Tea Dance”) music… Delightful! I imagined hearing this music drift across the summer lawns of Boulder’s Chautauqua park, that grand old monument to adult education in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (Theodore Roosevelt is quoted as saying that Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.”)
Wikipedia defines the Palm Court/Tea Dance style as “…a staple of genteel society, [offering] a live orchestra playing light classical music…”
If you’re a musical antiquarian, as I am, you may love this era. It’s pre-jazz and post-Gilbert & Sullivan. For starters, I recommend anything by The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra… prepare to regress to a much simpler time.