First Philharmonic

A History of the Royal Philharmonic Society
Author: Cyril Ehrlich
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198162324
Category: Music
Page: 307
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BL A fascinating account of one of the world's oldest and most celebrated concert societies

The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra

Author: Colin Lawson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139826611
Category: Music
Page: N.A
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This guide to the orchestra and orchestral life is unique in the breadth of its coverage. It combines orchestral history and orchestral repertory with a practical bias offering critical thought about the past, present and future of the orchestra as a sociological and as an artistic phenomenon. This approach reflects many of the current global discussions about the orchestra's continued role in a changing society. Other topics discussed include the art of orchestration, scorereading, conductors and conducting, international orchestras, recording, as well as consideration of what it means to be an orchestral musician, an educator, or an informed listener. Written by experts in the field, the book will be of academic and practical interest to a wide-ranging readership of music historians and professional or amateur musicians as well as an invaluable resource for all those contemplating a career in the performing arts.

Thomas Beecham

An Obsession with Music
Author: John Lucas
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 1843834022
Category: Music
Page: 388
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Drawing on significant new research, this life of one of Britain's most influential musicians corrects many of the myths surrounding the often controversial Thomas Beecham.

The Provincial Music Festival in England, 1784-1914

Author: Pippa Drummond
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409432815
Category: Music
Page: 314
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Dr Pippa Drummond argues that 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.

Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916): A Musical Life

Author: Dr Jennifer L Oates
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409467686
Category: Music
Page: 286
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Hamish MacCunn’s career unfolded amidst the restructuring of British musical culture and the rewriting of the Western European political landscape. Having risen to fame in the late 1880s with a string of Scottish works, MacCunn further highlighted his Caledonian background by cultivating a Scottish artistic persona that defined him throughout his life. His attempts to broaden his appeal ultimately failed. This, along with his difficult personality and a series of poor professional choices, led to the slow demise of what began as a promising career. As the first comprehensive study of MacCunn’s life, the book illustrates how social and cultural situations as well as his personal relationships influenced his career. While his fierce loyalty to his friends endeared him to influential people who helped him throughout his career, his refusal of his Royal College of Music degree and his failure to complete early commissions assured him a difficult path. Drawing upon primary resources, Oates traces the development of MacCunn’s music chronologically, juxtaposing his Scottish and more cosmopolitan compositions within a discussion of his life and other professional activities. This picture of MacCunn and his music reveals on the one hand a talented composer who played a role in establishing national identity in British music and, on the other, a man who unwittingly sabotaged his own career.

The Philharmonic Society of London

From its Foundation, 1813, to its Fiftieth Year, 1862
Author: George Hogarth
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108001038
Category: Music
Page: 158
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The Philharmonic Society ('Royal' from 1912) is one of the oldest music societies in the world. Founded in 1813 to provide regular concerts of new music in London, it is famous for its commission of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. This detailed account by George Hogarth, music journalist and Secretary to the Society between 1850 and 1864, takes us from the inaugural concert in March 1813 including works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to plans for the golden jubilee concert. Noteworthy performances in these first fifty years included the UK premiere of Beethoven's Ninth in 1825, Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony in 1833 and a cornucopia of works by composers such as Wagner, Berlioz and Weber whose music now forms the core repertoire of the nineteenth century. Appendices provide extracts of letters from Mendelssohn, details of works by English composers performed at Society concerts, and lists of performers, Society members, Honorary Members and Patrons.

The Careers of British Musicians, 1750–1850

A Profession of Artisans
Author: Deborah Rohr
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139429306
Category: Music
Page: 233
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The study of the social context of music must consider the day-to-day experiences of its practitioners; their economic, social, professional and artistic goals; and the material and cultural conditions under which these goals were pursued. This book traces the daily working life and aspirations of British musicians during the sweeping social and economic transformation of Britain from 1750 to 1850. It features working musicians of all types and at all levels - organists, singers, instrumentalists, teachers, composers and entrepreneurs - and explores their educational background, their conditions of employment, their wages, the systems of patronage that supported them, and their individual perceptions. Deborah Rohr focuses not only on social and economic pressures but also on a range of negative cultural beliefs faced by the musicians. Also considered are the implications of such conditions for their social and professional status, and for their musical aspirations.

The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places

Author: Neil Oliver
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473554535
Category: Social Science
Page: 448
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"Everyone should have two copies - one for the car and one for the house to plan journeys. . . a reminder to think more about the places you pass and less about your route, because every British journey is through rich history." (Edward Stourton) From much-loved historian Neil Oliver, comes this beautifully written, kaleidoscopic history of a place with a story like no other. The British Isles, this archipelago of islands, is to Neil Oliver the best place in the world. From north to south, east to west it cradles astonishing beauty. The human story here is a million years old, and counting. But the tolerant, easygoing peace we enjoy has been hard won. We have made and known the best and worst of times. We have been hero and villain and all else in between, and we have learned some lessons. The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places is Neil’s very personal account of what makes these islands so special, told through the places that have witnessed the unfolding of our history. Beginning with footprints made in the sand by humankind’s earliest ancestors, he takes us via Romans and Vikings, the flowering of religion, through civil war, industrial revolution and two world wars. From windswept headlands to battlefields, ancient trees to magnificent cathedrals, each of his destinations is a place where, somehow, the spirit of the past seems to linger.

The Historical Performance of Music

An Introduction
Author: Colin Lawson,Robin Stowell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521627382
Category: Music
Page: 219
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Offering students and performers a concise overview of historical performance, this 1999 book takes into account the many significant developments in the discipline. It addresses practical matters rather than philosophical issues and guides readers towards further investigation and interpretation of the evidence provided, not only in the various early instrumental and vocal treatises, but also in examples from the mainstream repertory. Designed as a parent volume for the series Cambridge Handbooks to the Historical Performance of Music, this book provides an historical basis for artistic decision-making which has as its goal the re-creation of performances as close as possible to the composer's original conception. It relates many of the issues discussed to major works by Bach, Mozart, Berlioz and Brahms, composed c.1700–c.1900, the core period which forms the principal (though not exclusive) focus for the whole series.

The Philharmonic Gets Dressed

Author: Karla Kuskin
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060236221
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 48
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"It is almost Friday night. Outside, the dark is getting darker," and here and there around the city ninety-two men and thirteen women are getting dressed to go to work. First they bathe and put on their underwear. Then they don special black-and-white apparel. Then when the one hundred and five people are completely ready, each takes a musical instrument and travels to midtown. There, at 8:30 tonight, they will work together: playing. In these pages Karla Kuskin and Marc Simont combine their talents to give us a delightful and unusual inside view of one way an orchestra prepares. Nominee, 1983 American Book Award Notable Children's Books of 1983 (ALA) 1983 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book) Outstanding Children's Books of 1982 (NYT) A Reading Rainbow Selection 1983 Teachers' Choices (NCTE) Children's Books of 1982 (Library of Congress)

The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History

Author: W. Rubinstein,Michael A. Jolles
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230304664
Category: History
Page: 1069
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This authoritative and comprehensive guide to key people and events in Anglo-Jewish history stretches from Cromwell's re-admittance of the Jews in 1656 to the present day and contains nearly 3000 entries, the vast majority of which are not featured in any other sources.

The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah

The Autobiography
Author: Benjamin Zephaniah
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471168948
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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*BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week* Benjamin Zephaniah, who has travelled the world for his art and his humanitarianism, now tells the one story that encompasses it all: the story of his life. In the early 1980s when punks and Rastas were on the streets protesting about unemployment, homelessness and the National Front, Benjamin’s poetry could be heard at demonstrations, outside police stations and on the dance floor. His mission was to take poetry everywhere, and to popularise it by reaching people who didn’t read books. His poetry was political, musical, radical and relevant. By the early 1990s, Benjamin had performed on every continent in the world (a feat which he achieved in only one year) and he hasn’t stopped performing and touring since. Nelson Mandela, after hearing Benjamin’s tribute to him while he was in prison, requested an introduction to the poet that grew into a lifelong relationship, inspiring Benjamin’s work with children in South Africa. Benjamin would also go on to be the first artist to record with The Wailers after the death of Bob Marley in a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela. The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah is a truly extraordinary life story which celebrates the power of poetry and the importance of pushing boundaries with the arts.

Walter Legge

Words and Music
Author: Walter Legge,Alan Sanders
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415921084
Category: Music
Page: 282
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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Highway Rat

Author: Julia Donaldson
Publisher: Scholastic Canada
ISBN: 1443149004
Category: Readers
Page: 32
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From the bestselling creators of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Quick! Hide all your goodies! The Highway Rat's coming, and he's going to steal your snacks... He takes clover from a rabbit, nuts from a squirrel - he even steals his own horse's hay! Can no one stop him? The creators of Stick Man and A Gold Star For Zog stand and deliver this fabulous new story of a wickedly loveable villain who gets his just deserts.

The Beethoven Quartets

Author: Joseph Kerman
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393009095
Category: Music
Page: 386
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A critical study of the structure, style, and significance of the sixteen string quartets.

The Life of Ludwig Van Beethoven:

Author: Alexander Wheelock Thayer,Hermann Deiters,Hugo Riemann
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108064752
Category: Music
Page: 366
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The 1921 three-volume English edition of a landmark biography of one of the world's greatest composers.