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Author Weber, William, 1940-

Title The rise of musical classics in eighteenth-century England : a study in canon, ritual, and ideology / William Weber.

Published Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  780.94209023 WEBE  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 274 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [258]-261) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. The Learned Tradition of Ancient Music -- 3. The Modern Classics: Corelli and Purcell -- 4. The Music Festival and the Oratorio Tradition -- 5. The Public of the Concert of Antient Music -- 6. The Repertory of the Concert of Antient Music -- 7. The Ideology of Ancient Music -- 8. The 1784 Handel Commemoration as Political Ritual -- 9. Conclusion -- Appendix: Repertory of the Concert of Antient Music, 1776-1790.
Summary The English invented the idea of the musical classics. Eighteenth-century England was the first place where old musical works were performed regularly and reverentially, and where a collective notion of such works--'ancient music'--first appeared.
This is the first book to explore the formation of musical 'classics' in regard to repertory and social context. It examines the performance of old music in eighteenth-century England, from the interest in music of the Elizabethan period at the beginning of the century, through the performance of works by Henry Purcell, Arcangelo Corelli, and other English and Italian composers, and the development of festivals that featured choral-orchestral works of Purcell and Handel. It concludes with the establishment of the Concert of Antient Music in 1776, where the traditions of performing old works came together as a self-conscious canon focused upon the work of Handel. The book examines closely the political and social reasons for these developments. In addition, it shows how they laid the groundwork for the classical-music tradition of the nineteenth century.
Subject Concert of Antient Music.
Music -- England -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Concerts -- England -- London -- 18th century.
ISBN 0198162871