Unlike collections of essays which focus on a single century or whose authors are drawn from a single discipline, this collection reflects the myriad performance options available to London audiences, offering readers a composite portrait of the music, drama, and dance productions that characterized this rich period. Just as the performing arts were deeply interrelated, the essays presented here, by scholars from a range of fields, engage in dialogue with others in the volume. The opening section examines a famous series of 1701 performances based on the competition between composers to set William Congreve's masque The Judgment of Paris to music. The essays in the central section (the 'mainpiece') showcase performers and productions on the London stage from a variety of perspectives, including English 'tastes' in art and music, the use of dance, the depiction of madness and masculinity in both spoken and musical performances, and genres and modes in the context of contemporary criticism and theatrical practice. A brief afterpiece looks at comic pieces in relation to satire, parody and homage. By bringing together work by scholars of music, dance, and drama, this cross-disciplinary collection illuminates the interconnecting strands that shaped a vibrant theatrical world.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Series:||Performance in the Long Eighteenth Century: Studies in Theatre, Music, Dance Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Kathryn Lowerre is a musicologist and an editor of John Eccles’ collected works (A-R Editions). She has taught at Michigan State University, Colby College, and the University of Michigan, USA.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction. Part I First, Music: Settings of Congreve’s Judgment of Paris: The singers of The Judgment of Paris, Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson; Harmonia Anglicana or why finger failed in ’the price musick’, Robert Rawson; The ’prize musick’ of 1701: a reinvestigation of the staging issue, Matt Robertson. Part II Mainpiece: The Lively Arts of the London Stage: Composing after the Italian manner: the English cantata 1700-1710, Jennifer Cable; Johann Pepusch, aesthetics, and the sister arts, Sean M. Parr; From Scaramouche to Harlequin: dances ’in grotesque characters’ on the London stage, Jennifer Thorp; Music, magic, and morality: stage reform and the pastoral mode, Timothy Neufeldt; Madness ’free from vice’: musical eroticism in the pastoral world of The Fickle Shepherdess, Amanda Eubanks Winkler; ’Let all be husht’: songs in praise of Anne Bracegirdle and Arabella Hunt, Anthony Rooley; Burning and stoic men: mad rants and the performance of passionate pain in the plays of Nathaniel Lee, 1674 to1678, Jennifer Renee Danby; Appreciating Bononcini’s Astianatte (1727): an Italian opera for the London stage, Suzana Ograjenšek. Part III Afterpiece: Comedy, Farce, and Competition: The right to write; or, Colley Cibber and The Drury-Lane Monster, Melissa Bloom Bissonette; ’Quotation is the sincerest form of ...’?: signature songs as inter-theatrical references, Kathryn Lowerre. Bibliography; Index.