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 the 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 contemporary music between 1922, when the BBC was founded, and spring 1936. This reception study traces and analyzes 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: 9780521661171
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Series: Music in the Twentieth Century Series, #10
  • Pages: 524
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

List of tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. The Emergence of BBC Music Programmes: 1. The British music industry and the BBC between the wars; 2. BBC personnel, policies and programmes in the 1920s; Part II. The Pitt Years, 1922–9: 3. The foundations of music programming, 1922–6; 4. The music programmes take shape, 1926–7; 5. The first wave of Second Viennese School broadcasts, 1927–8; 6. Refining the music programmes, 1928–9; 7. Pitt's final season, 1929–30; Part III. The Early Boult Years, 1930–6: 8. Boult's initial seasons, 1930–1, 1931–2; 9. Transition to the new régime, 1932–3, 1933–4; 10. Policies and politics, 1934–5, 1935–6; 11. Clark's legacy; Appendices; Notes; Selected bibliography; Index.

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