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Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain: 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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Amateurs, Singing and Society in Edinburgh 1750 -1830

Amateurs, Singing and Society in Edinburgh 1750 -1830

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Tom Edwards
January 01, 2021

The splendour of classical enlightenment Edinburgh supported a vibrant and musical and concert culture. Music, and particularly singing, spilt out of the concert halls and assembly rooms into gentlemen’s clubs, inns and taverns and even into the home. Singing was a sign of gentrified taste, of...

French Music in Britain 1830–1914

French Music in Britain 1830–1914

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Paul J Rodmell
December 02, 2020

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...

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

Forthcoming

Helen J. English
July 27, 2020

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

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

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

Paul Seeley
December 03, 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

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

Julia Grella O'Connell
April 16, 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

Rosemary Golding
March 28, 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 Piano in Nineteenth-Century British Culture: Instruments, Performers and Repertoire

The Piano in Nineteenth-Century British Culture: Instruments, Performers and Repertoire

1st Edition

Therese Ellsworth, Susan Wollenberg
October 09, 2017

Since the publication of The London Pianoforte School (ed. Nicholas Temperley) twenty years ago, research has proliferated in the area of music for the piano during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and into developments in the musical life of London, for a time the centre of piano...

Charles Villiers Stanford

Charles Villiers Stanford

1st Edition

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

Meirion Hughes
March 31, 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...

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