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Music and British Culture, 1785-1914

This book takes the themes and approaches of Professor Cyril Ehrlich's pathbreaking work on British social history in music as its inspiration. In sixteen substantial new essays, all specially commissioned from cultural and musical historians, it embraces the music marketplace, piano culture, musicians work patterns, music institutions and audiences, concert and repertoire history, issues in performance, criticism and reception, gender, and national and urban identities all with a clear focus on art music traditions (significantly under-treated by music scholars in this area). The cultural importance of serious music, from Belfast to Calcutta, has long been assumed for the period but rarely demonstrated. Here it is central, interwoven with the social and economic realities confronting music people in Britain across the 19th century.
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1. The Calcutta Piano Trade in the Late Eighteenth Century ; 2. Samuel Wesley and the Music Profession ; 3. Wise Men from the East: Mozart's Operas and Metropolitan Cultural Politics in the Early Nineteenth Century ; 4. Sainsbury's Dictionary, the Royal Academy of Music and the Rhetoric of Patriotism ; 5. The Hidden Pathways of Assimilation: Mendelssohn's First Visit to London ; 6. Representing the Audience in the Age of Reform: Critics and the Elite at the Italian Opera in London ; 7. The Society of British Musicians (1834-65) and the Campaign for Native Talent ; 8. Changing Values in Nineteenth Century Performance: The Work of Michael Costa and August Manns ; 9. John Ella and the Making of the Musical Union ; 10. Here will we sit: the Creation of the Ulster Hall ; 11. Musicians in the English Provincial City: Manchester c.1860-1914 ; 12. Popular Nationalism: Griffith Rhys Jones (Caradog) and the Welsh Choral Tradition ; 13. Edward Dannreuther and the Orme Square Phenomenon ; 14. Miscellany versus Homogeneity: Concert Programmes at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in the 1880s ; 15. Ambivalent Friendships: Music Lovers, Amateurs, and Professional Musicians in the Late Nineteenth Century ; 16. The Transformed Village: Lucy Broadwood and Folksong ; 17. Cyril Ehrlich: before The Piano ; A Selective List of Cyril Ehrlich's Writings ; Index


... well presented ... presents us with a series of articles all of which contain insights and material of value ... The most strikingly positive aspect of the book is the care, thought, and depth of research methodology exhibited by all the authors in their contributions. Nineteenth-Century Music Review ... this book forms a worthy tribute to the work of Cyril Ehrlich and a valuable contribution which greatly furthers understanding of musical life in Britain in the nineteenth century. Nineteenth-Century Music Review insights which a general history would never provide ... likely to be a valuable source work for many years to come. BBC Music Magazine

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