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Englishness in Music from Elizabethan times to Elgar, Tippett and Britten by James Day

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Published by Thames Publishing in London, United Kingdom .
Written in English

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  • English music

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James Day brings an enviably urbane and pragmatic mind to his discussion of many aspects of our national life and culture over the last 400 years and their influence on our music.
The book is not intended to be a formal history of English classical music. However, six composers in particular - Purcell, Handel, Sullivan, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Britten - receive detailed comment, as the whole tapestry from the Elizabethans onwards is examined in identifying the influences which have fashioned that blend of the eclectic and the cosmopolitan that has always been characteristic of English art - not least music - at its best: ‘pathos without sentimentality, vitality without coarseness, and mockery without malice’, as Mr Day neatly puts it.
He wears his learning lightly as he builds his argument. The analysis of, for example, Elgar’s Falstaff demonstrates his perception and sympathies in no uncertain terms. All readers who acknowledge that there is more to music of quality than a set of well-ordered notes will find him an enthusiastic and thoughtprovoking guide.

Edition Notes

GenreMusic
The Physical Object
FormatPaperback
Number of Pages244
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL11365774M
ISBN 100903413280
ISBN 109780903413282
OCLC/WorldCa228119866

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