Music and Performance Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Temperley is the first book to focus upon aspects of performance in the broader context of nineteenth-century British musical culture. In four Parts, 'Musical Cultures', 'Societies', 'National Music' and 'Methods', this volume assesses the role music performance plays in articulating significant trends and currents of the cultural life of the period and includes articles on performance and individual instruments; orchestral and choral ensembles; church and synagogue music; music societies; cantatas; vocal albums; the middle-class salon, conducting; church music; and piano pedagogy. An introduction explores Temperley's vast contribution to musicology, highlighting his seminal importance in creating the field of nineteenth-century British music studies, and a bibliography provides an up-to-date list of his publications, including books and monographs, book chapters, journal articles, editions, reviews, critical editions, arrangements and compositions. Fittingly devoted to a significant element in Temperley's research, this book provides scholars of all nineteenth-century musical topics the opportunity to explore the richness of Britain's musical history.
'It is a pleasure to welcome this volume celebrating the career of Nicholas Temperley, the pioneering inspiration for virtually all modern scholarly study of British music… Taken all in all, the richness of this volume, together with the specificity and variety of its research projects into unexplored corners, makes it a fitting tribute to Nicholas Temperley and a highly informative addition to the literature on British music.' North American British Music Studies Association Newsletter 'In short, this volume offers a fitting tribute to the work of Nicholas Temperley and a testimony to what this work served to generate… It is rewarding to see that a clearer picture of history of music and musical activity in Britain is emerging in tandem with an ever more convincing reconstruction of the narrative of its historiography.' Fontes Artis Musicae '… the individual contributions are well wrought and together they make for a very worthwhile book.' Victorian Studies
Contents: Introduction, Bennett Zon; Part I Musical Cultures: Hidden agendas and the creation of community: the violin press in the late 19th century, Christina Bashford; Joining up the dots: cross-channel models in the shaping of London orchestral culture, 1895-1914, Leanne Langley; Charles Garland Verrinder and music at the West London Synagogue, 1859-1904, Susan Wollenberg; Music, morality, and rational amusement at the Victorian middle-class soirée, Derek B. Scott. Part II Societies: Trial by dining club: the instrumental music of Haydn, Clementi and Mozart at London's Anacreontic Society, Simon McVeigh; Performance in private: 'the Working Men's Society' and the promotion of progressive repertoire in 19th-century Britain, Michael Allis; American songs, pastoral nationalism, and the English Temperance cantata, Charles Edward McGuire. Part III National Music: The British vocal album and the struggle for national music, Peter Horton; Musicking Caractacus, Julian Rushton. Part IV Methods: The conductor at the organ, or how choral and orchestral music was directed in Georgian England, Peter Holman; Willian Cole's view of modern psalmody, Sally Drage; Samuel Wesley and the development of organ pedals in England, Philip Olleson; Recapitulation and the musical education of Victorian children: The Child's Pianoforte Book (1882) by H. Keatley Moore, Bennett Zon; Nicholas Temperley publications; Index.
So much of our ‘common’ knowledge of music in nineteenth-century Britain is bound up with received ideas. This series disputes their validity through research critically reassessing our perceptions of the period. Volumes in the series cover wide-ranging areas such as composers and composition; conductors, management and entrepreneurship; performers and performing; music criticism and the press; concert venues and promoters; church music and music theology; repertoire, genre, analysis and theory; instruments and technology; music education and pedagogy; publishing, printing and book selling; reception, historiography and biography; women and music; masculinity and music; gender and sexuality; domestic music-making; empire, orientalism and exoticism; and music in literature, poetry, theatre and dance.