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George Smart and Nineteenth-Century London Concert Life (Hardcover) (John Carnelley)

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This book gives a detailed account of the life and career of Sir George Thomas Smart (1776-1867), a significant musical animateur in the early nineteenth century. Smart earned his living primarily as a conductor, but he was also significant as an organist, composer and recorder of events. He established successful and pioneering London concert series, was a prime mover in the setting up of the Philharmonic Society and the Royal Academy of Music, and taught many of the leading singers of the day, being well versed in the Handelian concert tradition. He also conducted the opera at the Covent Garden Theatre and introduced significant new works to the public - he was most notably an early champion of the music of Beethoven. His journeys to Europe, and his contacts with the leading European musical figures of the day (including Weber, Meyerbeer, Spohr, and Mendelssohn), were crucial to the direction music was to take in nineteenth-century Britain. This book sets Smart's life within the context of the vibrant concert life of nineteenth-century London and a wider European musical culture. It is the first full length critical study of this influential nineteenth-century musical figure. JOHN CARNELLEY is Deputy Director of Music and Head of Academic Music, Dulwich College, London. He holds a PhD in Historical Musicology from the University of London (Goldsmiths College) and has previously published research on the eighteenth-century organ manuscripts of John Reading, held in the Dulwich College Archive.
This book gives a detailed account of the life and career of Sir George Thomas Smart (1776-1867), a significant musical animateur in the early nineteenth century. Smart earned his living primarily as a conductor, but he was also significant as an organist, composer and recorder of events. He established successful and pioneering London concert series, was a prime mover in the setting up of the Philharmonic Society and the Royal Academy of Music, and taught many of the leading singers of the day, being well versed in the Handelian concert tradition. He also conducted the opera at the Covent Garden Theatre and introduced significant new works to the public - he was most notably an early champion of the music of Beethoven. His journeys to Europe, and his contacts with the leading European musical figures of the day (including Weber, Meyerbeer, Spohr, and Mendelssohn), were crucial to the direction music was to take in nineteenth-century Britain. This book sets Smart's life within the context of the vibrant concert life of nineteenth-century London and a wider European musical culture. It is the first full length critical study of this influential nineteenth-century musical figure. JOHN CARNELLEY is Deputy Director of Music and Head of Academic Music, Dulwich College, London. He holds a PhD in Historical Musicology from the University of London (Goldsmiths College) and has previously published research on the eighteenth-century organ manuscripts of John Reading, held in the Dulwich College Archive.
Number of Pages: 329
Genre: Music
Sub-Genre: Genres + Styles / Classical
Series Title: Music in Britain, 1600-2000
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Author: John Carnelley
Language: English
Street Date: November 19, 2015
TCIN: 23937303
UPC: 9781783270644
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-7888
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