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
View: 1993

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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.

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.

Music and British Culture, 1785-1914

Essays in Honor of Cyril Ehrlich
Author: Cyril Ehrlich
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780198167303
Category: Music
Page: 402
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'insights which a general history would never provide... likely to be a valuable source work for many years to come.' -BBC Music MagazineThis book shows how music was used and valued by different types of British people in the 19th century - from London composers, Manchester players, and Belfast concert managers to Welsh choral singers and Calcutta pianists. The essays are arranged chronologically, and demonstrate how particular geographic, social, economic, and political conditions in Britain affected the music that was heard and appreciated.

Fifty Shades of Feminism

Author: Lisa Appignanesi,Susie Orbach,Rachel Holmes
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1405525746
Category: Social Science
Page: 336
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Half a century after the publication of The Feminine Mystique, have women really exchanged purity and maternity to become desiring machines inspired only by variations of sex, shopping and masochism - all coloured a brilliant neuro-pink? In this volume, fifty women young and old - writers, politicians, actors, scientists, mothers - reflect on the shades that inspired them and what being woman means to them today. Contributors include: Margaret Atwood, Joan Bakewell, Bidisha, Lydia Cacho, Shami Chakrabarti, Lennie Goodings, Linda Grant, Natalie Haynes, Siri Hustvedt, Kathy Lette, Kate Mosse, Pussy Riot, Bee Rowlatt, Elif Shafak, Ahdaf Soueif, Sandi Toksvig, Natasha Walter, Timberlake Wertenbaker Jeanette Winterson - alongside the three editors.

The Life and Music of Eric Coates

Author: Dr Michael Payne
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409495426
Category: Music
Page: 296
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Eric Coates (1886-1957) is perhaps the most familiar name associated with British light music. Sir Charles Groves said that 'his music crackled with enthusiasm and vitality. He could write tunes and clothe them in the most attractive musical colours'. Coates won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, and from 1912 to 1919 he was principal viola of the Queen's Hall Orchestra under Sir Henry Wood. He also played under such conductors as Elgar, Delius, Richard Strauss, Debussy, and Beecham. It was, however, as a composer of orchestral music that he found his greatest success. Beginning with the Miniature Suite, written for the 1911 Promenade Concerts, he forged an enviable reputation as a composer. By the 1920s and 1930s, he was one of the most popular and highest-paid British composers, with a string of popular works flowing from his pen. Coates' music has become indelibly entwined with such popular radio programmes as the BBC's In Town Tonight, which was introduced by the 'Knightsbridge' March and Desert Island Discs whose signature tune for the past forty years has been By the Sleepy Lagoon. Perhaps his most memorable work was his march for the Dam Busters film. Michael Payne traces the changing fortunes of the career of the man who composed some of Britain's best-known music. In many ways, Coates' story is the story of British light music, and Payne's study offers a fascinating insight into the heyday and decline of the British light music tradition.

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 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 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 Story Of Naxos

The extraordinary story of the independent record label that changed classical recording for ever
Author: Nicolas Soames
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748131108
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 336
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In 1987, a budget classical record label was started in Hong Kong by Klaus Heymann, a German businessman who loved classical music. Swiftly, it gained a world wide reputation for reliable new digital recordings of the classics at a remarkably low price. Despite opposition from the classical record establishment, it grew at a remarkable pace, and soon expanded into opera, early music, contemporary music and specialist repertoire so that it became appreciated by specialist collectors as well as the general music lover. It is now the leading provider of classical music and as an innovator in digital delivery. At the heart of Naxos is one man: Klaus Heymann. The combination of his broad knowledge of classical music and his acute business acumen has enabled him to build the most varied classical music label in the world, but also the most effective distribution network to ensure that his recordings are available everywhere. This fascinating story explains how it happened, how a one-time tennis coach in Frankfurt became a classical recording mogul in Hong Kong and how, at the age of 75, he still holds the reins as firmly as ever.

Walter Legge

Words and Music
Author: Walter Legge
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.

Stravinsky the Music-maker

Writings, Prints and Drawings
Author: Hans Keller,Milein Cosman
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 0907689698
Category: Music
Page: 242
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Hans Keller's text and Milein Cosman's vibrant illustrations combine to produce a unique and enlightening book on Stravinsky.

Toscanini in Britain

Author: Christopher Dyment
Publisher: Boydell Press
ISBN: 1843837897
Category: Music
Page: 372
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This is the first book to describe Arturo Toscanini's activities - the life he led, his concerts and recording sessions - during his visits to London and elsewhere in Britain in the years 1900-1952.

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.

A Chronology Of Western Classical Music 1600-2000

Author: Jon Paxman
Publisher: Omnibus Press
ISBN: 1783231211
Category: Music
Page: 704
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“A great reference tool for anyone who wants to explore the history of music.” - Philip Glass Jon Paxman's Classical Music 1600–2000: A Chronology interprets four centuries of Western classical music, considering its evolution from two different perspectives. Monumental in scope but lucid in style, this book will prove invaluable to anyone – student or enthusiast – who wants to comprehend the overwhelmingly rich and sometimes complex evolution of Western classical music. Classical Music 1600–2000: A Chronology features contributions by Terry Barfoot, Katy Hamilton, Thomas Lydon and Robert Rawson.