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. Drawing on material from surviving accounts, committee records, programmes, contemporary pamphlets and reviews, Drummond shows how the festivals responded to and reflected the changing social and economic conditions of their day. Coverage includes a chronological overview documenting the history of individual festivals followed by a detailed exploration of such topics as performers and performance practice, logistics and finance, programmes and commissioning, together with information concerning the composition and provenance of festival choirs and orchestras. Also discussed are the effects of improved transport and new technologies on the festivals, sacred and secular conflicts, gender issues, the role of philanthropy, the nature of patronage and the changing social status of festival audiences. The book will also be of interest to social, economic and local historians.
Author: Dr Pippa Drummond
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
With the exception of the occasional local case study, music-hall history has until now been presented as the history of the London halls. This book attempts to redress the balance by setting music-hall history within a national perspective. Kift also sheds a new light on the roles of managements, performers and audiences. For example, the author confutes the commonly held assumption that most women in the halls were prostitutes and shows them to have been working women accompanied by workmates of both sexes or by their families. She argues that before the 1890s the halls catered predominantly to working-class and lower middle-class audiences of men and women of all ages and were instrumental in giving them a strong and self-confident identity. The hall's ability to sustain a distinct class-awareness was one of their greatest strengths - but this factor was also at the root of many of the controversies which surrounded them. These controversies are at the centre of the book and Kift treats them as test cases for social relations which provide fresh insights into nineteenth-century British society and politics.
Author: Dagmar Kift
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
"Due to significant political and social changes over the last decade in their countries and worldwide, many scholars in the Nordic nations and in Southern Africa have been researching on 'music and identity' - an area with a paucity of literature. It is our hope that this book will be beneficial to scholars interested in the field of music and identity. This volume is the result of the Swedish South African Research Network (SSARN) project, funded from 2004-2006 by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, under the theme 'Music and Identity'. SSARN was founded by Stig-Magnus Thorsén of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2002 when he invited Nordic and Southern African scholars to participate in a research group focusing broadly on the topic 'Music and Identity'"--Publisher's website.
Transformation and Negotiation
Author: Eric Ayisi Akrofi,Maria Smit,Stig-Magnus Thorsén
Publisher: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
In this important study, Dave Russell explores a wide range of Victorian and Edwardian musical life including brass bands, choral societies, music hall and popular concerts. He analyzes the way in which popular cultural practice was shaped by and, in turn, helped shape social and economic structures. Critically acclaimed on publication in 1987, the book has been fully revised in order to consider recent work in the field.
A Social History
Author: Dave Russell
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Like all clichés, Wales as 'the Land of Song' has a solid basis in historical fact. Welsh choral singing was a form of popular culture in the nineteenth century. Crowds followed the choirs in even greater numbers than in football matches, and Eisteddfod competitions frequently became 'choral bull-fights' where keenly honed rivalries spilled over into betting, missile throwing, assaults on adjudicators and general violence. This is the story of Wales as the 'the Land of Song' as it has never been told before - colourful, dramatic and uplifting. Vividly written in a lucid style by an accomplished social and cultural historian, this is a celebration of the land of song in its hey-day that will appeal to a wide audience
Music and Society in Wales 1840-1914
Author: Gareth Williams
a history and source book
Author: Lewis Foreman
Author: Nicholas Temperley
The great German composer Johannes Brahams supposedly called Britain the land without music". In this pioneering cultural history, Andrew Blake examines the many ways in which twentieth century Britons have tried to find a distinctive musical voice. Musicians (including the new populations from the former colonies) have proposed "national" music for Britain as a Whole and its constituent parts. Working in dialogue with European classical or American popular forms, the British produced the folk revivals of the 1920s and 1950s, the pastoral symphonies of the 1920s, the pop of the 1960s, and Britpop in the 1990s. By surveying the debates surrounding the status of such diverse artists and styles as the Beatles, Birtwistle, Blur, and Bhangra, Andrew Blake emphasizes the importance of music as a generator of value and identity. Including ground-breaking analyses of jazz-rock, ambient, the "landscape with music" of the festival, and the Proms, this book will interest musicians and historians alike, as well as those with an interest in contemporary culture.
music, culture and society in twentieth-century Britain
Author: Andrew Blake
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
Books in Print January 1, 1928
Category: American literature
Essays in Honour of Alec Hyatt King
Author: Oliver Wray Neighbour,Alec Hyatt King
Publisher: New York : K.G. Saur
Presents literary criticism on the works of twentieth-century writers of all genres, nations, and cultures. Critical essays are selected from leading sources, including published journals, magazines, books, reviews, diaries, interviews, radio and television transcripts, pamphlets, and scholarly papers.
Criticism of the Works of Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Short Story Writers, and Other Creative Writers Who Lived Between 1900 and 1999, from the First Published Critical Appraisals to Current Evaluations
Author: Thomas J. Schoenberg,Lawrence J. Trudeau
Publisher: Gale Cengage
Category: Literary Criticism
Author: James Walvin
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman Limited
Category: Fritid. England [1830-1950]
Author: Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion (London, England)
The first in a projected series of idiom-specific bibliographies in black music, this work treats classical music. It is a comprehensive index to newspaper and periodical indexes, biographical dictionaries, bibliographies, dissertations and theses, music collections, and published discographies. . . . Scholars, researchers, students, and reference librarians will find that this guide makes searching easier; bibliographers will welcome its detailed and helpful bibliographies. . . . A very fine addition for all music and academic libraries. "Choice" This comprehensive guide is the first to cover the full range of black activity in classical music, with more than 4,000 references to over 300 performers and ensembles. Compiler John Gray has organized a wealth of resources spanning from the mid-eighteenth century to the present, and ranging geographically from Europe and Africa to the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Containing sections on composers, conductors, individual instrumentalists, symphony orchestras, opera singers and companies, the work builds on earlier research in this long-neglected subject, and brings the black musical legacy to new levels of prominence and accessibility.
A Bibliographical Guide to Composers, Performers, and Ensembles
Author: John Gray
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
From the end of the 18th century to the beginning of World War I, the oratorio was Britain's most important and accesible musical genre. Understanding Elgar's four oratorios within this history should add a great deal to our understanding of Elgar, musical life at the time, and the differences between the public and private spaces of Britain's religious worship.
The Creation of an Epic Narrative
Author: Charles Edward McGuire
Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited