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Modern British Music: The Second British Musical Renaissance-From Elgar to P. Maxwell Davies
     

Modern British Music: The Second British Musical Renaissance-From Elgar to P. Maxwell Davies

by Otto Karolyi
 
The nineteenth-century German view of British music can be summarized by the notorious statement "A land without music." During the twentieth century British musicians of outstanding talent have emerged and regained for themselves an honorable place on the map of musical nations. From Elgar to Britten, from Vaughan Williams to P. Maxwell Davies, this book charts out

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The nineteenth-century German view of British music can be summarized by the notorious statement "A land without music." During the twentieth century British musicians of outstanding talent have emerged and regained for themselves an honorable place on the map of musical nations. From Elgar to Britten, from Vaughan Williams to P. Maxwell Davies, this book charts out and surveys the development of modern music in Britain. It also provides background information concerning the English musical past, folk and traditional music, and the influence of various continental developments, such as impressionism and serialism. In crisply written chapters Otto Karolyi introduces the reader to the various features that give modern British music its particular character. For example, in the chapter titled "The Past into the Present," British choral tradition, carol singing, the beginning of musical scholarship, and so on, are discussed in order to furnish the reader with those essential fundamentals that, in one way or another, have contributed to the rise of what is now largely referred to as the Second British Musical Renaissance. Above all, the book examines in a concise manner the most important practitioners of this art form which has been designated by some as the "Cinderella of the arts." The works of thirty composers are discussed in light of their respective backgrounds, sources of influences, and achievements. Although critical comments and observations are made, the tone of writing is characterized by empathy and the desire to share a better understanding of the delights of modern British music with the reader. A glossary has been prepared to help readers who are unfamiliar with the musical terminology used in the book, and a carefully selected bibliography guides the reader toward further references. This book is a didactic homage to the greatness of British music. Armed with the information given, the reader will not only be able to gain an overall view of British

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This comprehensive study of 30 widely and lesser-known contributors to the ``second British musical renaissance'' encompasses a vast array of genres and lines of development in the 20th-century British music scene. An excellent guide to the works of major composers like Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Musgrave, Holst, Britten, Tippett, and Davies, it also covers important major minors like Gurney, Warlack, and Moeran. Notes on each chapter (with sources dating back to 1912), a glossary of 23 relevant musical terms, and a list of 128 composers referred to in the text round out the text, which is followed by an epilog. A useful resource that will be much heralded by student and scholar alike; recommended for academic and large public libraries.-- Cynthia Ann Cordes, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.

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ISBN-13:
9780838635322
Publisher:
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1994
Pages:
151
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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