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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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Michael Costa: England's First Conductor The Revolution in Musical Performance in England, 1830-1880

Michael Costa: England's First Conductor: The Revolution in Musical Performance in England, 1830-1880

1st Edition

By John Goulden
February 03, 2015

Among the major changes that swept through the music industry during the mid-nineteenth century, one that has received little attention is how musical performances were managed and directed. Yet this was arguably the most radical change of all: from a loose control shared between the violin-leader,...

The Musical Life of Nineteenth-Century Belfast

The Musical Life of Nineteenth-Century Belfast

1st Edition

By Roy Johnston, Declan Plummer
November 28, 2015

Roy Johnston and Declan Plummer provide a refreshing portrait of Belfast in the nineteenth century. Before his death Roy Johnston, had written a full draft, based on an impressive array of contemporary sources, with deep and detailed attention especially to contemporary newspapers. With the deft ...

Europe, Empire, and Spectacle in Nineteenth-Century British Music

Europe, Empire, and Spectacle in Nineteenth-Century British Music

1st Edition

By Rachel Cowgill, Julian Rushton
December 28, 2006

This volume illuminates musical connections between Britain and the continent of Europe, and Britain and its Empire. The seldom-recognized vitality of musical theatre and other kinds of spectacle in Britain itself, and also the flourishing concert life of the period, indicates a means of defining ...

The Singing Bourgeois Songs of the Victorian Drawing Room and Parlour

The Singing Bourgeois: Songs of the Victorian Drawing Room and Parlour

2nd Edition

By Derek B. Scott
August 28, 2001

First published in 1989, The Singing Bourgeois challenges the myth that the 'Victorian parlour song' was a clear-cut genre. Derek Scott reveals the huge diversity of musical forms and styles that influenced the songs performed in middle class homes during the nineteenth century, from the ...

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