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Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain


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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.

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French Music in Britain 1830–1914

French Music in Britain 1830–1914

1st Edition

By Paul J Rodmell
May 30, 2022

French Music in Britain 1830–1914 investigates the presence, reception and influence of French art music in Britain between 1830 (roughly the arrival of ‘grand opera’ and opéra comique in London) and the outbreak of the First World War. Five chronologically ordered chapters investigate key ...

Singing the English Britain in the French Musical Lowbrow, 1870–1904

Singing the English: Britain in the French Musical Lowbrow, 1870–1904

1st Edition

By Hannah L. Scott
April 01, 2022

Late nineteenth-century France was a nation undergoing an identity crisis: the uncertain infancy of the Third Republic and shifting alliances in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War forced France to interrogate the fundamental values and characteristics at the heart of its own national identity. ...

Music and World-Building in the Colonial City Newcastle, NSW, and its Townships, 1860–1880

Music and World-Building in the Colonial City: Newcastle, NSW, and its Townships, 1860–1880

1st Edition

By Helen J. English
February 01, 2022

Music and World-Building in the Colonial City investigates how nineteenth-century migrants to Australia used music as a resource for world-building, focusing on coalmining regions of New South Wales. It explores how music-making helped British migrants to create communities in unfamiliar country, ...

Arthur Sullivan A Musical Reappraisal

Arthur Sullivan: A Musical Reappraisal

1st Edition

By Benedict Taylor
February 07, 2019

Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) was Victorian Britain’s most celebrated and popular composer, whose music to this day reaches a wider audience than that of any of his contemporaries. Yet the comic operas on which Sullivan’s reputation is chiefly based have been consistently belittled or ignored by the ...

Figures of the Imagination Fiction and Song in Britain, 1790–1850

Figures of the Imagination: Fiction and Song in Britain, 1790–1850

1st Edition

By Roger Hansford
February 04, 2019

This new study of the intersection of romance novels with vocal music records a society on the cusp of modernisation, with a printing industry emerging to serve people’s growing appetites for entertainment amidst their changing views of religion and the occult. No mere diversion, fiction was ...

Richard D’Oyly Carte

Richard D’Oyly Carte

1st Edition

By Paul Seeley
November 30, 2018

The first biography of Richard D’Oyly Carte, this is a critical survey of the career of the impresario whose ambitions went beyond the famous partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan. Errors and misconceptions in current literature are challenged and corrected to give a truer portrayal of one of the ...

Music in The Girl's Own Paper: An Annotated Catalogue, 1880–1910

Music in The Girl's Own Paper: An Annotated Catalogue, 1880–1910

1st Edition

By Judith Barger
September 18, 2018

Nineteenth-century British periodicals for girls and women offer a wealth of material to understand how girls and women fit into their social and cultural worlds, of which music making was an important part. The Girl's Own Paper, first published in 1880, stands out because of its rich musical ...

Sound, Sin, and Conversion in Victorian England

Sound, Sin, and Conversion in Victorian England

1st Edition

By Julia Grella O'Connell
April 18, 2018

The plight of the fallen woman is one of the salient themes of nineteenth-century art and literature; indeed, the ubiquity of the trope galvanized the Victorian conscience and acted as a spur to social reform. In some notable examples, Julia Grella O’Connell argues, the iconography of the Victorian...

The Music Profession in Britain, 1780-1920 New Perspectives on Status and Identity

The Music Profession in Britain, 1780-1920: New Perspectives on Status and Identity

1st Edition

Edited By Rosemary Golding
March 26, 2018

Professionalisation was a key feature of the changing nature of work and society in the nineteenth century, with formal accreditation, registration and organisation becoming increasingly common. Trades and occupations sought protection and improved status via alignment with the professions: an ...

The English Bach Awakening Knowledge of J.S. Bach and his Music in England, 1750–1830

The English Bach Awakening: Knowledge of J.S. Bach and his Music in England, 1750–1830

1st Edition

Edited By Michael Kassler
November 23, 2016

The English Bach Awakening concerns the introduction into England of J.S. Bach's music and information about him. Hitherto this subject has been called 'the English Bach revival', but that is a misnomer. 'Revival' implies prior life, yet no reference to Bach or to his music is known to have been ...

Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s–1940s Portrayal of the East

Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s–1940s: Portrayal of the East

1st Edition

By Bennett Zon, Martin Clayton
November 15, 2016

Filling a significant gap in current scholarship, the fourteen original essays that make up this volume individually and collectively reflect on the relationship between music and Orientalism in the British Empire over the course of the long nineteenth century. The book is in four themed sections....

Orientalism and Representations of Music in the Nineteenth-Century British Popular Arts

Orientalism and Representations of Music in the Nineteenth-Century British Popular Arts

1st Edition

By Claire Mabilat
November 16, 2016

Representations of music were employed to create a wider 'Orient' on the pages, stages and walls of nineteenth-century Britain. This book explores issues of orientalism, otherness, gender and sexuality that arise in artistic British representations of non-European musicians during this time, by ...

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