The Guitar in Georgian England: A Social and Musical History

The Guitar in Georgian England: A Social and Musical History

by Christopher Page


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A fascinating social history of the guitar, reasserting its long-forgotten importance in Romantic England

This book is the first to explore the popularity and novelty of the guitar in Georgian England, noting its impact on the social, cultural, and musical history of the period. The instrument possessed an imagery as rich as its uses were varied; it emerged as a potent symbol of Romanticism and was incorporated into poetry, portraiture, and drama. In addition, British and Irish soldiers returning from war in Spain and Portugal brought with them knowledge of the Spanish guitar and its connotations of stylish masculinity. Christopher Page presents entirely new scholarship in order to place the guitar within a multifaceted context, drawing from recently digitized original source material. The Guitar in Georgian England champions an instrument whose importance in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is often overlooked.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300212471
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 714,130
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Christopher Page is emeritus professor at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 8

Abbreviations 10

Introduction 12

Chapter 1 The Guitar in the Time of Anne Stuart, Princess and Queen (1665-1714) 21

Chapter 2 'So languishing and so portable': The English Guitar 38

Chapter 3 'More harmonious and pleasing': The Spanish Guitar Returns 63

Chapter 4 The 1800 Moment 89

Chapter 5 Mixing Memory and Desire: The Peninsular War 111

Chapter 6 Careers in the Provinces, Fernando Sor in London 132

Chapter 7 The Guitar and the 'Middle Ranks of Life' 149

Chapter 8 The Guitar Going Places 171

Chapter 9 Women and Men 188

Chapter 10 The Guitar and the Working Classes 211

Conclusion 224

Appendix 1 Sources for the Term 'English guit(t)ar' 231

Appendix 2 Trinidad Huerta's Concerts and Other Activities in England, 1827-30 234

Notes 237

Bibliography 269

Picture Credits 291

Index 292

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