British Music Hall

British Music Hall
Author: Richard Anthony Baker
Publsiher: Pen and Sword
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2014-05-31
ISBN: 1783831189
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

British Music Hall Book Excerpt:

The music hall ...had no place for reticence; it was downright, it shouted, it made noise, it enjoyed itself and made the people enjoy themselves as well.' W.J. MACQUEEN POPE??Music Hall lies at the root of all modern popular entertainment. With stars such as Marie Lloyd, Harry Lauder and Dan Leno, it reached its glorious, brassy height between 1890 and the First World War. In the first book on this subject for many years, Richard Anthony Baker whisks us off on a colourful and nostalgic tour of the rise and fall of British music hall.??At the beginning of the nineteenth century people sang traditional songs in taverns for entertainment. This was so popular that rooms started to be added to inns for shows to be staged, and, before long, songs were being specially composed and purpose-built theatres were springing up everywhere. ??Britain's working class had, for the first time, its own form of public entertainment and its own breed of stars. The colour and vitality attracted serious writers and artists, as well as the future Edward VII, and music hall became simultaneously the haunt of the working classes and the avant-garde.??Including stories of a clergyman who wrote music-hall sketches, a hall in Glasgow where luckless entertainers were pulled off stage by a long hooked pole, and Cockney dictionaries that helped Americans understand touring British performers, this book is a hugely engaging slice of social history, rich in humour, tragedy and bathos.??As featured on BBC Radio Lincolnshire and in the Sunderland Echo.

Music Hall Mimesis in British Film 1895 1960

Music Hall Mimesis in British Film  1895 1960
Author: Paul Matthew St. Pierre
Publsiher: Associated University Presse
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2009
ISBN: 9780838641910
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Music Hall Mimesis in British Film 1895 1960 Book Excerpt:

In Music Hall Mimesis in British Film, 1895-1960, Dr. St. Pierre examines strategies of representing British music hall performance (1854-1919) and the performance of the body in British cinema in the silent era (1895-1927) and the sound era (1927-60). The focus is on films of Fred and Joe Evans, Frank Randle, Will Hay, George Formby, Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane, Cicely Courtneidge, Jessie Matthews, Norman Evans, Max Miller, Stanley Holloway, Jack Warner, Gracie Fields, and Charles Chaplin. Consideration is given to themes such as war propaganda and gender impersonation.

Song and Sketch Transcripts of British Music Hall Performers Elsie and Doris Waters

Song and Sketch Transcripts of British Music Hall Performers Elsie and Doris Waters
Author: Elsie Waters,Doris Waters,Paul Matthew St. Pierre
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2003
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Song and Sketch Transcripts of British Music Hall Performers Elsie and Doris Waters Book Excerpt:

This is the first book, scholarly or popular, on Elsie and Doris Waters, the most successful female double-act in the history of British music hall and variety. They distinguished themselves in the male-dominated field and in the movement of female artists who, after WWI, elected not to marry, the better to pursue their careers. Elsie and Doris Waters wrote almost all their own comic songs and sketches, created an original gynocentric comedy, anticipating feminist movements, controlled their means of production in the male-dominated British stage, radio and recording industries, and performed together in Britain and around the Commonwealth for half a century. patter-based comedians and ensembles such as French and Saunders, Flanders and Swann, Beyond the Fringe, and Monty Python's Flying Circus. The study also contains 50 transcribed songs and sketches, their original compositions and arrangements, from recordings on 78 rpm gramophone records made between 1929 and 1944. The words to their entire oeuvre of songs and sketches have never before been available in print.

Chaplin s Limelight and the Music Hall Tradition

Chaplin  s   Limelight   and the Music Hall Tradition
Author: Frank Scheide,Hooman Mehran,Dan Kamin
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2006-09-28
ISBN: 0786424257
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chaplin s Limelight and the Music Hall Tradition Book Excerpt:

Charles Spencer Chaplin was a stage performer before he was a filmmaker, and it was in English music hall that he learned the rudiments of his art. The last film he made in the United States, Limelight, was a tribute to the music hall days of his youth. As a parallel to Chaplin's past, the film was set in 1914, the year he left the stage for a Hollywood career. This collection of essays examines Limelight and the history of English music hall. Featuring contributions from the world's top Chaplin and music hall historians, as well as previously unpublished interviews with collaborators who worked on Limelight, the book offers new insight into one of Chaplin's most important pictures and the British form of entertainment that inspired it. Essays consider how and why Chaplin made Limelight, other artists who came out of English music hall, and the film's international appeal, among other topics. The book is filled with rare photographs, many published for the first time, sourced from the Chaplin archives and the private collections of other performers and co-stars.

Britpop and the English Music Tradition

Britpop and the English Music Tradition
Author: Jon Stratton
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2016-04-15
ISBN: 1317171225
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Britpop and the English Music Tradition Book Excerpt:

Britpop and the English Music Tradition is the first study devoted exclusively to the Britpop phenomenon and its contexts. The genre of Britpop, with its assertion of Englishness, evolved at the same time that devolution was striking deep into the hegemonic claims of English culture to represent Britain. It is usually argued that Britpop, with its strident declarations of Englishness, was a response to the dominance of grunge. The contributors in this volume take a different point of view: that Britpop celebrated Englishness at a time when British culture, with its English hegemonic core, was being challenged and dismantled. It is now timely to look back on Britpop as a cultural phenomenon of the 1990s that can be set into the political context of its time, and into the cultural context of the last fifty years - a time of fundamental revision of what it means to be British and English. The book examines issues such as the historical antecedents of Britpop, the subjectivities governing the performative conventions of Britpop, the cultural context within which Britpop unfolded, and its influence on the post-Britpop music scene in the UK. While Britpop is central to the volume, discussion of this phenomenon is used as an opportunity to examine the particularities of English popular music since the turn of the twentieth century.

Dance and Dancers in the Victorian and Edwardian Music Hall Ballet

Dance and Dancers in the Victorian and Edwardian Music Hall Ballet
Author: Alexandra Carter
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 185
Release: 2017-11-28
ISBN: 1351163620
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dance and Dancers in the Victorian and Edwardian Music Hall Ballet Book Excerpt:

The Victorian and Edwardian music hall ballet has been a neglected facet of dance historiography, falling prey principally to the misguided assumption that any ballet not performed at the Opera House or 'legitimate' theatre necessarily meant it was of low cultural and artistic merit. Here Alexandra Carter identifies the traditional marginalization of the working class female participants in ballet historiography, and moves on to reinstate the 'lost' period of the music hall ballet and to apply a critical account of that period. Carter examines the working conditions of the dancers, the identities and professional lives of the ballet girls and the ways in which the ballet of the music hall embodied the sexual psyche of the period, particularly in its representations of the ballet girl and the ballerina. By drawing on newspapers, journals, theatre programmes, contemporary fiction, poetry and autobiography, Carter firmly locates the period in its social, economic and artistic context. The book culminates in the argument that there are direct links between the music hall ballet and what has been termed the 'birth' of British ballet in the 1930s; a link so long ignored by dance historians. This work will appeal not only to those interested in nineteenth century studies, but also to those working in the fields of dance studies, gender studies, cultural studies and the performing arts.

The Show Must Go On Popular Song in Britain During the First World War

The Show Must Go On  Popular Song in Britain During the First World War
Author: Dr John Mullen
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2015-08-28
ISBN: 1472441583
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Show Must Go On Popular Song in Britain During the First World War Book Excerpt:

Using a collection of over one thousand popular songs from the war years, as well as around 150 soldiers’ songs, John Mullen provides a fascinating insight into the world of popular entertainment during the First World War. He considers the position of songs of this time within the history of popular music, and the needs, tastes and experiences of their working-class audiences. He assesses the different genres of musical entertainment which were common in the war years and presents a subtle and nuanced approach to the nature of popular song, the ways in which audiences related to the music and the effects of the competing pressures of commerce, propaganda, patriotism, social attitudes and the progress of the war.

Popular Music in England 1840 1914

Popular Music in England 1840 1914
Author: Dave Russell
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 331
Release: 1997
ISBN: 9780719052613
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Popular Music in England 1840 1914 Book Excerpt:

In this important study, Dave Russell explores a wide range of Victorian and Edwardian musical life including brass bands, choral societies, music hall and popular concerts. He analyzes the way in which popular cultural practice was shaped by and, in turn, helped shape social and economic structures. Critically acclaimed on publication in 1987, the book has been fully revised in order to consider recent work in the field.

The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical

The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical
Author: Robert Gordon,Olaf Jubin
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2016-11-21
ISBN: 0199988765
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical Book Excerpt:

The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical provides a comprehensive academic survey of British musical theatre offering both a historical account of the musical's development from 1728 and a range of in-depth critical analyses of the unique forms and features of British musicals, which explore the aesthetic values and sociocultural meanings of a tradition that initially gave rise to the American musical and later challenged its modern pre-eminence. After a consideration of how John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728) created a prototype for eighteenth-century ballad opera, the book focuses on the use of song in early nineteenth century theatre, followed by a sociocultural analysis of the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan; it then examines Edwardian and interwar musical comedies and revues as well as the impact of Rodgers and Hammerstein on the West End, before analysing the new forms of the postwar British musical from The Boy Friend (1953) to Oliver! (1960). One section of the book examines the contributions of key twentieth century figures including Noel Coward, Ivor Novello, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Joan Littlewood and producer Cameron Macintosh, while a number of essays discuss both mainstream and alternative musicals of the 1960s and 1970s and the influence of the pop industry on the creation of concept recordings such as Jesus Christ Superstar (1970) and Les Misérables (1980). There is a consideration of "jukebox" musicals such as Mamma Mia! (1999), while essays on overtly political shows such as Billy Elliot (2005) are complemented by those on experimental musicals like Jerry Springer: the Opera (2003) and London Road (2011) and on the burgeoning of Black and Asian British musicals in both the West End and subsidized venues. The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical demonstrates not only the unique qualities of British musical theatre but also the vitality and variety of British musicals today.

Europe Empire and Spectacle in Nineteenth Century British Music

Europe  Empire  and Spectacle in Nineteenth Century British Music
Author: Julian Rushton
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2017-07-05
ISBN: 1351567632
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Europe Empire and Spectacle in Nineteenth Century British Music Book Excerpt:

This volume illuminates musical connections between Britain and the continent of Europe, and Britain and its Empire. The seldom-recognized vitality of musical theatre and other kinds of spectacle in Britain itself, and also the flourishing concert life of the period, indicates a means of defining tradition and identity within nineteenth-century British musical culture. The objective of the volume has been to add significantly to the growing literature on these topics. It benefits not only from new archival research, but also from fresh musicological approaches and interdisciplinary methods that recognize the integral role of music within a wider culture, including religious, political and social life. The essays are by scholars from the USA, Britain, and Europe, covering a wide range of experience. Topics range from the reception of Bach, Mozart, and Liszt in England, a musical response to Shakespeare, Italian opera in Dublin, exoticism, gender, black musical identities, British musicians in Canada, and uses of music in various theatrical genres and state ceremony, and in articulating the politics of the Union and Empire.

The Victorian Music Hall

The Victorian Music Hall
Author: Dagmar Kift,Kift Dagmar
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 244
Release: 1996-10-24
ISBN: 9780521474726
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Victorian Music Hall Book Excerpt:

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.

The Musical

The Musical
Author: William Everett
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-06-02
ISBN: 1135848076
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Musical Book Excerpt:

The musical, whether on stage or screen, is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable musical genres, yet one of the most perplexing. What are its defining features? How does it negotiate multiple socio-cultural-economic spaces? Is it a popular tradition? Is it a commercial enterprise? Is it a sophisticated cultural product and signifier? This research guide includes more than 1,400 annotated entries related to the genre as it appears on stage and screen. It includes reference works, monographs, articles, anthologies, and websites related to the musical. Separate sections are devoted to sub-genres (such as operetta and megamusical), non-English language musical genres in the U.S., traditions outside the U.S., individual shows, creators, performers, and performance. The second edition reflects the notable increase in musical theater scholarship since 2000. In addition to printed materials, it includes multimedia and electronic resources.

Music of the First World War

Music of the First World War
Author: Don Tyler
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 283
Release: 2016-03-21
ISBN: 1440839972
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Music of the First World War Book Excerpt:

This book discusses WWI-era music in a historical context, explaining music's importance at home and abroad during WWI as well as examining what music was being sung, played, and danced to during the years prior to America's involvement in the Great War. • Provides an excellent resource for students investigating music during the First World War as well as for adults interested in WWI-era history or music of the pre-twenties • Documents the variety of reasons songs were sung by soldiers in wartime—to cheer themselves up, boost courage, poke fun at or stimulate hatred of their enemies, or express grievances or protest against the war or against authority • Covers stage music of the WWI era, including music hall (British), vaudeville, revues, operettas, and musicals

Popular Music Music and society

Popular Music  Music and society
Author: Simon Frith
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 411
Release: 2004
ISBN: 9780415332675
Category: Popular music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Popular Music Music and society Book Excerpt:

Popular music studies is a rapidly expanding field with changing emphases and agenda. This is a multi-volume resource for this area of study

Gordon Stretton Black British Transoceanic Jazz Pioneer

Gordon Stretton  Black British Transoceanic Jazz Pioneer
Author: Michael Brocken,Jeff Daniels
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2018-09-15
ISBN: 1498574475
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gordon Stretton Black British Transoceanic Jazz Pioneer Book Excerpt:

In charting the life and times of Gordon Stretton, this text makes a major contribution to both jazz and popular music studies. By asking historians to re-evaluate the contributions made to the development of jazz by those “other than” African Americans, it proposes new jazz histories emanating from pathways, influences and encounters.

Shakespeare and Sexuality in the Comedy of Morecambe Wise

Shakespeare and Sexuality in the Comedy of Morecambe   Wise
Author: Stephen Hamrick
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 346
Release: 2020-02-18
ISBN: 3030339580
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare and Sexuality in the Comedy of Morecambe Wise Book Excerpt:

Contextualizing the duo’s work within British comedy, Shakespeare criticism, the history of sexuality, and their own historical moment, this book offers the first sustained analysis of the 20th Century’s most successful double-act. Over the course of a forty-four-year career (1940-1984), Eric Morecambe & Ernie Wise appropriated snippets of verse, scenes, and other elements from seventeen of Shakespeare’s plays more than one-hundred-and-fifty times. Fashioning a kinder, more inclusive world, they deployed a vast array of elements connected to Shakespeare, his life, and institutions. Rejecting claims that they offer only nostalgic escapism, Hamrick analyses their work within contemporary contexts, including their engagement with many forms and genres, including Variety, the heritage industry, journalism, and more. ‘The Boys’ deploy Shakespeare to work through issues of class, sexuality, and violence. Lesbianism, drag, gay marriage, and a queer aesthetics emerge, helping to normalize homosexuality and complicate masculinity in the ‘permissive’ 1960s.

Victorian Britain

Victorian Britain
Author: Sally Mitchell
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 986
Release: 2011
ISBN: 0415668514
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Victorian Britain Book Excerpt:

First published in 1988, this encyclopedia serves as an overview and point of entry to the complex interdisciplinary field of Victorian studies. The signed articles, which cover persons, events, institutions, topics, groups and artefacts in Great Britain between 1837 and 1901, have been written by authorities in the field and contain bibliographies to provide guidelines for further research. The work is intended for undergraduates and the general reader, and also as a starting point for graduates who wish to explore new fields.

Popular Music On Screen

Popular Music On Screen
Author: John Mundy
Publsiher: Manchester University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 1999-08-21
ISBN: 9780719040290
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Popular Music On Screen Book Excerpt:

Popular Music on Screen examines the relationship between popular music and the screen, from the origins of the Hollywood musical to contemporary developments in music television and video. Through detailed examination of films, television programs and popular music, together with analysis of the economic, technological and cultural determinants of their production and consumption, the book argues that popular music has been increasingly influenced by its visual economy. Though engaging with the debates that surround postmodernism, the book suggests that what most characterizes the relationship between popular music and the screen is a strong sense of continuity, expressed through institutional structures, representational strategies and the ideology of "entertainment."

Historical Dictionary of Popular Music

Historical Dictionary of Popular Music
Author: Norman Abjorensen
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 694
Release: 2017-05-25
ISBN: 1538102153
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Historical Dictionary of Popular Music Book Excerpt:

The Historical Dictionary of Popular Music contains a chronology, an introduction, an appendix, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1000 cross-referenced entries on major figures across genres, definitions of genres, technical innovations and surveys of countries and regions.

Light Music in Britain since 1870 A Survey

Light Music in Britain since 1870  A Survey
Author: Geoffrey Self
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2017-07-05
ISBN: 1351560166
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Light Music in Britain since 1870 A Survey Book Excerpt:

In many ways the history of British light music knits together the social and economic history of the country with that of its general musical heritage. Numerous 'serious' composers from Elgar to Britten composed light music, and the genre adapted itself to incorporate the changing fashions heralded by the rise and fall of music hall, the drawing room ballad, ragtime, jazz and the revue. From the 1950s the recording and broadcasting industries provided a new home for light music as an accompaniment to radio programmes and films. Geoffrey Self deftly handles a wealth of information to illustrate the immense role that light music has played in British culture over the last 130 years. His insightful assessments of the best and the most shameful examples of the genre help to pinpoint its enduring qualities; qualities which enable it to maintain a presence in the face of today's domination by commercial popular music.