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Music and Musicians on the London Stage, 1695–1705

1st Edition

By Kathryn Lowerre

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428 pages

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From 1695 to 1705, rival London theater companies based at Drury Lane and Lincoln's Inn Fields each mounted more than a hundred new productions while reviving stock plays by authors such as Shakespeare and Dryden. All included music. Kathryn Lowerre charts the interactions of the two companies from a musical perspective, emphasizing each company's new productions and their respective musical assets, including performers, composers, and musical materials. Lowerre also provides rich analysis of the relationship of music to genres including comedy, dramatick opera, and musical tragedy, and explores the migration of music from theater to theater, performer to performer, and from stage to street and back again. As Lowerre persuasively demonstrates, during this period, all theater was musical theater.

Reviews

'Lowerre is a musicologist, but she draws seriously and competently on the relevant scholarship and reference books in theatre history… Lowerre has added usefully to our grasp of musical practice in the turn-of-the-century period…' Music & Letters '… Lowerre's considerable understanding of the repertoire and contemporary events allows her to place the works in their historical context, highlighting social commentaries and intertextual references that occur between pieces and filling in gaps in our knowledge of works and performers through logical deduction where relevant.' Journal of British Studies 'Kathryn Lowerre has produced a detailed and scholarly account of English stage music in an often-ignored period and shows that there is much of lively interest in the decade from the last year of Henry Purcell’s life to the advent of all-sung opera in London. This book will prove invaluable to students of both music and the theatre.' Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson 'The book supplies an important basis for anyone who wishes to enter the field of English theatre over the next few years.' Fontes Artis Musicae

Table of Contents

Contents: Prologue: rival crews: music and musicians in the London theaters; Part I The Place and Function of Music in Dramatic Productions: Musical approaches in comedy; Musical tragedies and dramatick operas. Part II Music and Musicians in Theatrical Competition: Initiation, 1695-1697; Competition, 1698-1700; Power shift, 1700-1703; Realignment, 1703-1705; Epilogue; Appendices: Selected bibliography; Indexes.

About the Author

Kathryn Lowerre is a musicologist and an editor of John Eccles’ collected works (A-R Editions). She has taught at Michigan State University, Colby College, and the University of Michigan, USA

About the Series

Performance in the Long Eighteenth Century: Studies in Theatre, Music, Dance

Performance in the Long Eighteenth Century: Studies in Theatre, Music, Dance
Focusing on performance culture during the long eighteenth century, this series offers studies of individuals, institutions, forms and trends in all types of cultural performance including theatre, opera, dance, musical performance, and diverse popular entertainments. It is a forum for interdisciplinary work, drawing the debates of historians, musicologists, literary scholars, dance, theatre and opera scholars into a creative symbiosis. The editors welcome studies which are concerned with British, European, and early American cultural history. Studies that concern themselves with theoretical questions surrounding acts of performance during this period are also welcome.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUS000000
MUSIC / General