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Musicians of Bath and Beyond : Edward Loder 1809-1865 and His Family (Hardcover)

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Musicians of Bath and Beyond illuminates three areas that have recently attracted much interest: English romantic opera, music in the British provinces and colonies, and the musical profession. The Loder family was pre-eminent in Bath in the early nineteenth century. John David (1788-1846) led the theatre orchestra there from 1807, and later the Philharmonic orchestra and Ancient Concerts in London; he also wrote the leading instruction manual on violin playing and taught violin at the Royal Academy of Music. His son Edward James (1809-65) was an important but still neglected composer of opera, songs, and piano music; his Raymond and Agnes, first produced at Manchester in 1855, was, in the opinion of many critics, the outstanding work of the genre. George Loder (1816-68) was a well-known flautist and conductor who made a name in New York and eventually settled in Adelaide, where he conducted the Australian premieres of Les Huguenots, Faust, and other important operas. Kate Fanny Loder (1825-1904) became a successful pianist, composer, and teacher in early Victorian London. This book takes advantage of new and often surprising biographical research on the Loder family as a whole and its four main figures. It uses them to illustrate several aspects of music history: the position of professional musicians in Victorian society; music in the provinces, especially Bath and Manchester; the Victorian opera libretto; orchestra direction; violin teaching; travelling musicians in the US and Australasia; opera singers and companies; and media responses to English opera. The centrepiece is an intense analysis and reassessment of Edward Loder's music. NICHOLAS TEMPERELY is Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Number of Pages: 314.0
Genre: Music
Sub-Genre: Genres + Styles / Classical
Series Title: Music in Britain 1600-2000
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Language: English
Street Date: February 18, 2016
TCIN: 50242434
UPC: 9781783270781
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-4257

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