London: A Musical Gazetteer

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This compact and convenient guide to music in London features the sites where music has flourished and where leading musicians have lived or performed in the city—from Handel’s house to Berlioz’s rooms, from cathedrals and churches to recording studios and concert halls. It provides historical information on auditoriums and opera houses, theatres, conservatories, museums, libraries, galleries, graves, memorials and statues, orchestras, music publishers, auction houses, and places of musical interest in the greater London area. The book includes biographical accounts of some 125 composers and musicians who inhabited or visited London.

The book offers interesting musical walks, a historical overview, and the most thorough account yet published of musical compositions evoking London. Boxes within the text present information on such topics as the music Wagner conducted in London in 1855, the organists and choirmasters of the cathedrals, and Gershwin’s recording sessions. With maps, bibliography, web addresses, information on transport and access, and an extensive index, this unique compilation is enhanced with many striking illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Foremans, the authors, respectively, of books about music and about consumerism, have combined their talents and their expertise as Londoners to create this lavishly illustrated (black-and-white) vade mecum about the city's rich musical heritage. Although London has received much attention for the visits of great figures from Handel to Wagner, previous writings have tended to focus on a certain time frame or artist. Here, however, the authors trace London's musical roots back to 1500, cataloging both the venues and the personages (illustrious and obscure) associated with them. Various chapters cover choirs and their singing locations, recording sessions, orchestras, publishers, and graves and memorials. An alphabetical list of composers and musicians notes the places they resided, their important contributions, and burial details if known. The work focuses on classical music but mentions popular figures, such as the Beatles or Noel Coward, in context. A listing of suggested walks with maps and the provision of tube stations for each geographic entry will assist travelers and historians alike. The photographs and reproductions of engravings, as well as an excellent bibliography of historical and contemporary sources, web site listings, and a comprehensive index, add immeasurably to this wide-ranging effort. Highly recommended.-Barry Zaslow, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300104028
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis and Susan Foreman are Londoners, who bring a lifetime’s experience of London music to this wide-ranging exploration. Each is the author of several books.

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Table of Contents

Preface : the scope and use of the gazetteer
Five centuries of music in London : an outline 1
1 Theatres, concert halls and watering places 21
2 Choirs and places where they sing 71
3 Conservatoires, museums, libraries, portraits and pictures 91
4 Graves and memorials 115
5 BBC, orchestras and music publishers 127
6 Recording session London 155
7 Out of the centre : some places of interest in the suburbs and environs of London 171
Composers and musicians in London 195
Five musical walks 315
Musical compositions evoking London 339
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