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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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Charles Villiers Stanford

Charles Villiers Stanford

1st Edition

By Paul Rodmell
August 30, 2017

The first book devoted to the composer Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) since 1935, this survey provides the fullest account of his life and the most detailed appraisal of his music to date. Renowned in his own lifetime for the rapid rate at which he produced new works, Stanford was also an ...

The English Musical Renaissance and the Press 1850-1914: Watchmen of Music

The English Musical Renaissance and the Press 1850-1914: Watchmen of Music

1st Edition

By Meirion Hughes
March 29, 2017

The importance of nineteenth-century writing about culture has long been accepted by scholars, yet so far as music criticism is concerned, Victorian England has been an area of scholarly neglect. This state of affairs is all the more surprising given that the quantity of such criticism in the ...

Vincent Novello (1781–1861) Music for the Masses

Vincent Novello (1781–1861): Music for the Masses

1st Edition

By Fiona M. Palmer
October 31, 2016

Today Vincent Novello (1781-1861) is remembered as the father of the music-publishing firm. Fiona Palmer's evaluation of Novello the man and the musician in the marketplace draws on rich primary sources. It is the first to provide a rounded view of his life and work, and the nature of his ...

Music and the Middle Class The Social Structure of Concert Life in London, Paris and Vienna between 1830 and 1848

Music and the Middle Class: The Social Structure of Concert Life in London, Paris and Vienna between 1830 and 1848

1st Edition

By William Weber
January 27, 2017

First published in 1975, Music and the Middle Class made a trail-blazing contribution to the social history of music, bringing together sociological and historical methods that have subsequently become accepted as central to the discipline of musicology. Moreover, the major themes of the book are ...

A Provincial Organ Builder in Victorian England William Sweetland of Bath

A Provincial Organ Builder in Victorian England: William Sweetland of Bath

1st Edition

By Gordon D.W. Curtis
November 28, 2016

William Sweetland was a Bath organ builder who flourished from c.1847 to 1902 during which time he built about 300 organs, mostly for churches and chapels in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, but also for locations scattered south of a line from the Wirral to the Wash. Gordon Curtis places ...

Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916): A Musical Life

Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916): A Musical Life

1st Edition

By Jennifer L. Oates
November 28, 2016

Hamish MacCunn’s career unfolded amidst the restructuring of British musical culture and the rewriting of the Western European political landscape. Having risen to fame in the late 1880s with a string of Scottish works, MacCunn further highlighted his Caledonian background by cultivating a Scottish...

Music and Academia in Victorian Britain

Music and Academia in Victorian Britain

1st Edition

By Rosemary Golding
November 28, 2016

Until the nineteenth century, music occupied a marginal place in British universities. Degrees were awarded by Oxford and Cambridge, but students (and often professors) were not resident, and there were few formal lectures. It was not until a benefaction initiated the creation of a professorship of...

Music and Metaphor in Nineteenth-Century British Musicology

Music and Metaphor in Nineteenth-Century British Musicology

1st Edition

By Bennett Zon
November 24, 2016

’In a word, I shall endeavour to show how our music, having been originally a shell-fish, with its restrictive skeleton on the outside and no soul within, has been developed by the inevitable laws of evolution, through natural selection and the survival of the fittest, into something human, even ...

The Provincial Music Festival in England, 1784–1914

The Provincial Music Festival in England, 1784–1914

1st Edition

By Pippa Drummond
November 22, 2016

A history of the English music festival is long overdue. Dr Pippa Drummond argues that these festivals represented the most significant cultural events in provincial England during the nineteenth century and emphasizes their particular importance in the promotion and commissioning of new music. ...

Music and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Music and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century Britain

1st Edition

Edited By Paul Rodmell
November 17, 2016

In nineteenth-century British society music and musicians were organized as they had never been before. This organization was manifested, in part, by the introduction of music into powerful institutions, both out of belief in music's inherently beneficial properties, and also to promote music ...

Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Era

Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Era

1st Edition

By Karen McAulay
November 17, 2016

One of the earliest documented Scottish song collectors actually to go 'into the field' to gather his specimens, was the Highlander Joseph Macdonald. Macdonald emigrated in 1760 - contemporaneously with the start of James Macpherson's famous but much disputed Ossian project - and it fell to the ...

Charles Hallé: A Musical Life

Charles Hallé: A Musical Life

1st Edition

By Robert Beale
November 15, 2016

Charles Hallé was one of the leading musicians of the nineteenth century and intimate with almost all of the great composers and performers of his time, as well as a friend of the Royal Family and known as much as a pianist and chamber musician as a conductor, in London, throughout the country and ...

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