Covering works by popular figures like Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst as well as less familiar English composers, Eric Saylor's pioneering book examines pastoral music's critical, theoretical, and stylistic foundations alongside its creative manifestations in the contexts of Arcadia, war, landscape, and the Utopian imagination. As Saylor shows, pastoral music adapted and transformed established musical and aesthetic conventions that reflected the experiences of British composers and audiences during the early twentieth century. By approaching pastoral music as a cultural phenomenon dependent on time and place, Saylor forcefully challenges the body of critical opinion that has long dismissed it as antiquated, insular, and reactionary.
|Publisher:||University of Illinois Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Eric Saylor is an associate professor of musicology at Drake University. He coedited Blackness in Opera and The Sea in the British Musical Imagination.
Table of Contents
1 What Is Pastoralism? 9
2 Arcadia 24
3 War 56
4 Landscape 98
5 Utopia 145