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1. Benjamin Britten [2005]

Book
1 online resource (184 pages)
  • PART I-- PART II.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198162582 20180521
Since Britten's death in 1976, numerous articles and books have been written about his life and work. Much has been made of the strong influences of his pacifism and his homosexuality. It is often suggested that Britten felt himself to be an outsider from 'normal' society, and that this accounts for the his concern to portray the 'outsider' in his operas. There is no doubt that this is an important aspect of Britten's art, but the present work attempts to show that his music embraces much wider and more universal concerns, and in addressing those concerns there is a clearly defined pattern of spiritual influence. Part One of the book examines Britten's early life, and the strong presence which the Church had in his childhood and adolescence. It explores the way in which certain spiritual influences were first manifested, and how, like the more specifically musical 'themes' which Donald Mitchell has noted, they can be traced throughout Britten's life and work. The author was privileged to have conversations with two clergymen who were influential in Britten's life, as well as gathering valuable insights through a long series of conversations with Sir Peter Pears. Part Two examines a wide range of the composer's music in which a spiritual dimension can be traced. The specifically liturgical music has received rather less critical notice than Britten's larger works. The music is discussed here, and shown to possess musical characteristics in common with the larger works. Britten could not be described as a conventional Christian; still less is it true to describe him, as Eric Walter White has done, as 'keen, wherever possible, to work within the framework of the Church of England'. Nevertheless, his spirituality was rooted in the religious experience of his childhood. This book seeks to demonstrate that Britten retained a sense of the Christian values absorbed in childhood and adolescence, and that these - along with the specifically Christian heritage of plainsong - were strongly influential in his choice and treatment of themes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198162582 20180521
Book
1 online resource (504 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
  • Introduction-- 1. Between nationalism and the avant garde: defining British modernism-- 2. Post-war motifs-- 3. Manchester avant-garde: Goehr, Davies and Birtwistle to 1960-- 4. A Manchester generation in Paris, London, and Rome: Musgrave, Maw, Crosse, and Bennett-- 5. Group portrait in the sixties: Davies, Birtwistle and Goehr to 1967-- 6. Instrumental drama: Musgrave and Birtwistle in the sixties-- 7. Vernaculars: Bedford and Souster as pop musicians-- 8. The incurably heterogeneous Tim Souster: between Elektronische Musik and pop-- Epilogue.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521844482 20160618
British Musical Modernism explores the works of eleven key composers to reveal the rapid shifts of expression and technique that transformed British art music in the post-war period. Responding to radical avant-garde developments in post-war Europe, the Manchester Group composers - Alexander Goehr, Peter Maxwell Davies, and Harrison Birtwistle - and their contemporaries assimilated the serial-structuralist preoccupations of mid-century internationalism to an art grounded in resurgent local traditions. In close readings of some thirty-five scores, Philip Rupprecht traces a modernism suffused with the formal elegance of the 1950s, the exuberant theatricality of the 1960s, and - in the works of David Bedford and Tim Souster - the pop, minimalist, and live-electronic directions of the early 1970s. Setting music-analytic insights against a broader social-historical backdrop, Rupprecht traces a British musical modernism that was at once a collective artistic endeavor, and a sounding myth of national identity.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521844482 20160618
Book
572 p. ; 25 cm
  • Introduction-- How to Use This Book-- The Tracks(A-Z)-- The Stage Shows-- The Films-- The EPs-- The LPs-- The Sessions-- UK Singles List-- UK EPs List-- UK Albums List-- Top 80 most frequently record songs-- Most prolific writer-- Most prolific performer.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780956738417 20160619
The Shadows came into existence in 1958 (as the Drifters) mainly to back Cliff Richard. But their professionalism and talent ensured that they maintained a dual career as a band in their own right. At the vanguard of guitar instrumentalists, they are also fine vocalists. Although their single chart hits started drying up in the early eighties, they continued to have a successful career recording albums, as well as reforming for their final tour in 2004 and then reuniting with Cliff in 2009. Their extraordinarily varied output is laid out here within this book, as well as analyses and statistics of their career, their recordings and their chart and session history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780956738417 20160619
Archive of Recorded Sound
Book
72 p. : ill. (some col.), 1 map, ports. ; 31 cm.
Music Library
Book
192 p. : col. ill. ; 33 cm.
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(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780810839762 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
Book
465 p. ; 24 cm.
Music Library
Book
xiii, 213 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
From the early 18th century until the present day, opera seria as practised by Handel and his contemporaries has been the subject of satire and even derision for its dramatic artifice and virtuosic vocal displays. Close examination of Handel's autograph manuscripts, the librettos upon which they were based, and other contemporary documents reveal the extent to which Handel was influenced by his singers and their abilities in creating his commercially successful and dramatically effective operas. Drawing on ideas and evidence from these sources, this study demonstrates the fact that Handel's singers were the single most important influence in his opera composition during his tenure as composer and music director of the Royal Academy of Music from 1719-28.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198163152 20160528
Music Library
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ii, 457 p. ; 22 cm.
Archive of Recorded Sound
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2 v. ; 24 cm.
  • v. 1. 1865-1914
  • v. 2. 1915-1984.
Green Library, Archive of Recorded Sound, Music Library
Book
[2], 672 p. ; 22 cm.
Archive of Recorded Sound
Book
64 p. illus., ports. 26 cm.
Music Library
Book
i, 207 p. 33 cm.
Archive of Recorded Sound
Book
221 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)

16. Nights of gladness [1956]

Book
268 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
Book
xiv, 219 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Popularizing Shakespeare
  • Early exoticism in poetical drama
  • Kismet
  • Return to the natives
  • Chu Chin Chow
  • From Mecca to Cairo
  • Two maids and a mountain.
Green Library
Book
23 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 21 cm + 1 audio CD.
Archive of Recorded Sound
Book
ix, 260 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • List of illustrations-- Notes on contributors-- Introduction Maggie B. Gale-- 1. Theatre and society: the Edwardian legacy, the First World War and the inter-war years Clive Barker-- 2. Body parts: the success of the thriller in the inter-war years John Stokes-- 3. When men were men and women were women John Deeney-- 4. Girl crazy: musicals and revue between the wars James Ross Moore-- 5. Errant nymphs: women and the inter-war theatre Maggie B. Gale-- 6. Blood on the bright young things: Shakespeare in the 1930s Tony Howard-- 7. The religion of socialism or a pleasant Sunday afternoon?: The ILP Arts Guild Ros Merkin-- 8. Delving the levels of memory and dressing up in the past Mick Wallis-- 9. The ghosts of war: stage ghosts and time slips as a response to war Clive Barker-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521624077 20160528
Histories of British theatre between 1918 and 1939 have tended to marginalize the commercial and mainstream in favour of the literary or the politically motivated. This volume brings together a collection of essays that reflect both a far more complex theatre world than this strategy has allowed for, and scholarship on mainstream and alternative theatres in the 1920s and 1930s. Combining the popular with the commercial, the book includes accounts of the craze for thriller and detective plays and musical comedy and revue, alongside analyses of historical pageantry and the development of politicized productions of Shakespeare. With assessments of the representation of gender and sexuality in the theatre, this volume not only unveils hitherto neglected theatre practices but also places them in the context of a society undergoing rapid social and cultural change. It will appeal to advanced undergraduates and postgraduates and scholars interested in twentieth-century British theatre.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521624077 20160528
Green Library

20. Topsy-Turvy [1998]

Video
1 videodisc (ca. 161 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
After the less than stellar reception of "Princess Ida", the team of Gilbert and Sullivan is on the verge of breaking up, until a visit to an exhibition of Japanese art plants the seed for "The Mikado."
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