Music and Victorian Philanthropy: The Tonic Sol-Fa Movement

Music and Victorian Philanthropy: The Tonic Sol-Fa Movement

by Charles Edward McGuire
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521449685

ISBN-13: 9780521449687

Pub. Date: 07/16/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Providing a fresh approach to the social history of the Victorian era, this book examines the history and development of the tonic sol-fa sight-singing system, and its impact on British society. Instead of focusing on the popular classical music canon, McGuire combines musicology, social history and theology to investigate the perceived power of music within the

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Providing a fresh approach to the social history of the Victorian era, this book examines the history and development of the tonic sol-fa sight-singing system, and its impact on British society. Instead of focusing on the popular classical music canon, McGuire combines musicology, social history and theology to investigate the perceived power of music within the Victorian era. Through case studies on temperance, missionaries, and women's suffrage, the book traces how John Curwen and his son transformed Sarah Glover's sight-singing notation from a strictly local phenomenon into an internationally-used system. They built an infrastructure that promoted its use within Great Britain and beyond, to British colonies and other lands experiencing British influence, such as India, South Africa, and especially Madagascar. McGuire demonstrates how tonic sol-fa was believed to be of importance beyond music education – that music could improve the morals of individual singers and listeners, thus transforming society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521449687
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/16/2009
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Dissenters, philanthropists, and the world of tonic sol-fa; 2. Temperance and tonic sol-fa; 3. Missionaries and tonic sol-fa; 4. Suffragists, suffragettes, domestic ideals, and tonic sol-fa; Epilogue: tonic sol-fa, the public, and the end of an era; Appendix: provenance of tonic sol-fa journals.

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