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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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In Search of Song: The Life and Times of Lucy Broadwood

In Search of Song: The Life and Times of Lucy Broadwood

1st Edition

By Dorothy de Val
November 15, 2016

Born into the famous family of piano makers, Lucy Broadwood (1858-1929) became one of the chief collectors and scholars of the first English folk music revival in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Privately educated and trained as a classical musician and singer, she was inspired ...

Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies Volume 3

Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies: Volume 3

1st Edition

By Peter Horton, Bennett Zon
November 15, 2016

Selected from papers given at the third biennial conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, this volume, in common with its two predecessors, reflects the interdisciplinary character of the topic. The introductory essay by Julian Rushton foregrounds some of the questions that are key to ...

The Figure of Music in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry

The Figure of Music in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry

1st Edition

Edited By Phyllis Weliver
November 15, 2016

How was music depicted in and mediated through Romantic and Victorian poetry? This is the central question that this specially commissioned volume of essays sets out to explore in order to understand better music's place and its significance in nineteenth-century British culture. Analysing how ...

Mendelssohn and Victorian England

Mendelssohn and Victorian England

1st Edition

By Colin Timothy Eatock
November 10, 2016

This valuable book considers the reception of the composer, pianist, organist and conductor Felix Mendelssohn in nineteenth-century England, and his influence on English musical culture. Despite the composer's immense popularity in the nation during his lifetime and in the decades following his ...

Michael William Balfe His Life and His English Operas

Michael William Balfe: His Life and His English Operas

1st Edition

By William Tyldesley
November 10, 2016

Without doubt, Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) was the most successful composer of English opera in the mid nineteenth century. During his lifetime he enjoyed an international reputation and worked with some of the leading singers of the time, including Jenny Lind, Malibran and Grisi. Drawing on ...

Roman Catholic Church Music in England, 1791–1914: A Handmaid of the Liturgy?

Roman Catholic Church Music in England, 1791–1914: A Handmaid of the Liturgy?

1st Edition

By T.E. Muir
November 10, 2016

Roman Catholic church music in England served the needs of a vigorous, vibrant and multi-faceted community that grew from about 70,000 to 1.7 million people during the long nineteenth century. Contemporary literature of all kinds abounds, along with numerous collections of sheet music, some running...

The House of Novello Practice and Policy of a Victorian Music Publisher, 1829–1866

The House of Novello: Practice and Policy of a Victorian Music Publisher, 1829–1866

1st Edition

By Victoria L. Cooper
November 10, 2016

By the mid-nineteenth century music publishing was no longer the provenance of shopkeepers, instrument makers or individual scholars, but a business enterprise undertaken by a new breed of Victorian entrepreneur. Two such were Vincent Novello and his son Alfred, whose music publishing house enjoyed...

Viotti and the Chinnerys A Relationship Charted Through Letters

Viotti and the Chinnerys: A Relationship Charted Through Letters

1st Edition

By Denise Yim
November 10, 2016

The Italian violinist and composer Giovanni Battista Viotti (1755-1824) is considered today to have been one of the most significant forces in the history of violin playing. In 1792 he met Margaret and William Chinnery, a wealthy English couple with strong connections in the world of arts and ...

The Idea of Music in Victorian Fiction

The Idea of Music in Victorian Fiction

1st Edition

By Nicky Losseff, Sophie Fuller
October 31, 2016

The Idea of Music in Victorian Fiction seeks to address fundamental questions about the function, meaning and understanding of music in nineteenth-century culture and society, as mediated through works of fiction. The eleven essays here, written by musicologists and literary scholars, range over a ...

Music and Performance Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain Essays in Honour of Nicholas Temperley

Music and Performance Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Temperley

1st Edition

Edited By Bennett Zon
October 17, 2016

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 '...

Opera in the British Isles, 1875-1918

Opera in the British Isles, 1875-1918

1st Edition

By Paul Rodmell
October 17, 2016

While the musical culture of the British Isles in the 'long nineteenth century' has been reclaimed from obscurity by musicologists in the last thirty years, appraisal of operatic culture in the latter part of this period has remained largely elusive. Paul Rodmell argues that there were far more ...

Music and Theology in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Music and Theology in Nineteenth-Century Britain

1st Edition

Edited By Martin Clarke
August 26, 2016

The interrelationship of music and theology is a burgeoning area of scholarship in which conceptual issues have been explored by musicologists and theologians including Jeremy Begbie, Quentin Faulkner and Jon Michael Spencer. Their important work has opened up opportunities for focussed, critical ...

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