Arbeiterkultur Im Gesellschaftlichen Konflikt

Author: Dagmar Kift

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521474726

Category: Drama

Page: 244

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With the exception of the occasional local case study, music-hall history has until now been presented as the history of the London halls. This book attempts to redress the balance by setting music-hall history within a national perspective. Kift also sheds a new light on the roles of managements, performers and audiences. For example, the author confutes the commonly held assumption that most women in the halls were prostitutes and shows them to have been working women accompanied by workmates of both sexes or by their families. She argues that before the 1890s the halls catered predominantly to working-class and lower middle-class audiences of men and women of all ages and were instrumental in giving them a strong and self-confident identity. The hall's ability to sustain a distinct class-awareness was one of their greatest strengths - but this factor was also at the root of many of the controversies which surrounded them. These controversies are at the centre of the book and Kift treats them as test cases for social relations which provide fresh insights into nineteenth-century British society and politics.

Music and Identity

Transformation and Negotiation

Author: Eric Ayisi Akrofi,Maria Smit,Stig-Magnus Thorsén


ISBN: 1919980857

Category: Music

Page: 414

View: 9817


"Due to significant political and social changes over the last decade in their countries and worldwide, many scholars in the Nordic nations and in Southern Africa have been researching on 'music and identity' - an area with a paucity of literature. It is our hope that this book will be beneficial to scholars interested in the field of music and identity. This volume is the result of the Swedish South African Research Network (SSARN) project, funded from 2004-2006 by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, under the theme 'Music and Identity'. SSARN was founded by Stig-Magnus Thorsén of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2002 when he invited Nordic and Southern African scholars to participate in a research group focusing broadly on the topic 'Music and Identity'"--Publisher's website.

Popular Music in England, 1840-1914

A Social History

Author: Dave Russell

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773505414

Category: Music

Page: 303

View: 5607


Nineteenth-century England was dismissed by foreign commentators as "the land without music." Focusing on popular music in the urban and industrial areas of England between 1840 and 1914, Dave Russell shows how untrue this was. Britain was an extraordinarily musical place during the Victorian and Edwardian periods, with homes, streets, public houses, and public parks serving as musical centres to almost the same extent as concert and music halls. In the metropolis, orchestras were formed and music halls attracted crowds, but musical talent was also nurtured energetically in the industrial towns of the North and Midlands. Music education, ownership of instruments, and music publishing flourished as never before or since.

Valleys of Song

Music and Society in Wales 1840-1914

Author: Gareth Williams

Publisher: N.A


Category: Music

Page: 237

View: 4814


Like all clichés, Wales as 'the Land of Song' has a solid basis in historical fact. Welsh choral singing was a form of popular culture in the nineteenth century. Crowds followed the choirs in even greater numbers than in football matches, and Eisteddfod competitions frequently became 'choral bull-fights' where keenly honed rivalries spilled over into betting, missile throwing, assaults on adjudicators and general violence. This is the story of Wales as the 'the Land of Song' as it has never been told before - colourful, dramatic and uplifting. Vividly written in a lucid style by an accomplished social and cultural historian, this is a celebration of the land of song in its hey-day that will appeal to a wide audience

The land without music

music, culture and society in twentieth-century Britain

Author: Andrew Blake

Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780719042980

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 9138


The great German composer Johannes Brahams supposedly called Britain the land without music". In this pioneering cultural history, Andrew Blake examines the many ways in which twentieth century Britons have tried to find a distinctive musical voice. Musicians (including the new populations from the former colonies) have proposed "national" music for Britain as a Whole and its constituent parts. Working in dialogue with European classical or American popular forms, the British produced the folk revivals of the 1920s and 1950s, the pastoral symphonies of the 1920s, the pop of the 1960s, and Britpop in the 1990s. By surveying the debates surrounding the status of such diverse artists and styles as the Beatles, Birtwistle, Blur, and Bhangra, Andrew Blake emphasizes the importance of music as a generator of value and identity. Including ground-breaking analyses of jazz-rock, ambient, the "landscape with music" of the festival, and the Proms, this book will interest musicians and historians alike, as well as those with an interest in contemporary culture.