The BBC and Ultra-Modern Music, 1922-1936: Shaping a Nation's Tastes

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This book examines the BBC's campaign to raise cultural awareness of British mass audiences in the early days of radio. As a specific case, it focuses on policies and plans behind transmissions of music by composers associated with Arnold Schoenberg's circle between 1922, when the BBC was founded, and spring 1936, when Edward Clark, a former Schoenberg pupil and central figure in BBC music, resigned from the Corporation. This reception study traces and analyses the BBC's attempts to manipulate critical and public responses to this repertory.
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"impressive, in depth study- the first on the subject...This book is a model of scrulous scholarship and essential reading for anyone interested in the cultural role of the BBC in its formative years." Albion Spring 01
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521035866
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Music in the Twentieth Century Series, #10
  • Pages: 524
  • Sales rank: 1,424,425
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Emergence of BBC Music Programmes
1 The British music industry and the BBC between the wars 13
2 BBC personnel, policies and programmes in the 1920s 22
Pt. II The Pitt Years, 1922-1929
3 The foundations of music programming, 1922-1926 59
4 The music programmes take shape, 1926-1927 80
5 The first wave of Second Viennese School broadcasts, 1927-1928 96
6 Refining the music programmes, 1928-1929 126
7 Pitt's final season, 1929-1930 153
Pt. III The Early Boult Years, 1930-1936
8 Boult's initial seasons, 1930-1931, 1931-1932 187
9 Transition to the new regime, 1932-1933, 1933-1934 230
10 Policies and politics, 1934-1935, 1935-1936 281
11 Clark's legacy 329
App. A British performances of Second Viennese School works, January 1912-May 1936 337
App. B BBC Concerts of Contemporary Music, 1926-1936 366
App. C Biographical summaries 390
Notes 411
Selected bibliography 463
Index 487
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