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Britain has attracted many musical visitors to its shores. A varied and often eccentric collection of individuals, some were invited by royalty with musical tastes, some were refugees from religious or political oppression, some were spies, and others came to escape debt or even charges of murder.

This book paints a broad picture of the changing nature of musical life in Britain over the centuries, through the eyes and ears of foreign musicians. After considering three of the eighteenth century’s greatest musical figures, the authors consider the rise of the celebrity composer in the nineteenth century, and go on to consider the influence of new forms of transport which allowed travel more freely from the Continent and the USA.

Musical Visitors to Britain also charts the new opportunities presented by the opening of public halls, the growth of music festivals, and the regular influx of composers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, ending with the impact of new musical forms such as jazz.

As much a social as a musical history of Britain, this book will be of interest to anyone studying or working in these fields, as well as to general readers who want to discover more about our musical heritage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780713002386
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Woburn Education Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 259
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : seeing pastures new 1
1 'Brothers in the art or science of music' : sixteenth-century visitors 15
2 The restoration : new music, new faces 29
3 Handel (1) : first among visitors 40
4 Handel (2) : an Englishman by choice 56
5 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : 'I am a dyed-in-the-wool Englishman' 68
6 Haydn in London : 'a constellation of musical excellence' 83
7 Interlude : the London Pianoforte School 101
8 'That's Weber in London' 105
9 Felix Mendelssohn : a genius recognised 119
10 Berlioz and Wagner : a meeting of minds 135
11 Frederic Chopin : 'my good Scottish ladies' 149
12 Liszt and the wandering years 159
13 Antonin Dvorak : an English celebrity 172
14 'This quite horrible city' : Tchaikovsky in London 182
15 Richard Strauss : trouble with the censor 191
16 Bartok and the BBC 200
17 The emigre composers : 'his majesty's most loyal internees' 206
Epilogue : minstrels of the modern age 215
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