Composing History

Composing History

National Identities and the English Masque Revival, 1860-1920

Deborah Heckert

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Boydell Press

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A study of the ways in which topics of English history were central to conceptions of English identity, musical and otherwise, during the Victorian and Edwardian periods
This study explores the ways in which topics of English history were central to conceptions of English identity, musical and otherwise, during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Its focus is on the masque, an early modern English musico-dramatic genre that was reinvented during the Victorian period as a vehicle for nationalistic, historically inflected popular entertainments. The masque operated as an "invented tradition", in the sense theorized by Eric Hobsbawm, and was used to connect the modern nation of Britain to its historical past. As conceptions of national identity became increasingly dependent on the image of "Merrie England" located in the English Renaissance and in the folk traditions of the countryside, genres such as the masque that were integrally connected to these ideological constructions became important ways in which national identity was represented. This in turn had profound ramifications for the ideologies of the English Musical Renaissance and its construction of a national musical idiom at the turn of the twentieth century.

DEBORAH HECKERT is a Lecturer at Stony Brook University and has taught at the University of Virginia, Utah State University, and Brooklyn College-CUNY.

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September 2018
18 black and white illustrations
250 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Music in Britain, 1600-2000
ISBN: 9781783272075
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC AVGC5, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3JH
BISAC MUS006000
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Table of Contents

Vaughan Williams, Stratford's masque and the wellsprings of England's music
'With revel dance and song': The Musical Image of History in the Victorian Masque
The Past speaks in English: Historiography and the Masque Revival
Making the Commonwealth a Harmony: The Masque, the Folk Revival and Pageant Culture
'The Heroic Past and the Earth his Mother': The Reticence of Reception and the Burden of Imperialism
'A typically English institution': The Masque after the First World War
Appendix One: Chronology of Masque Compositions during the 19th century
Appendix Two: Chronology of Masque Historiography prior to 1930
Appendix Three: Chronology of British Masque Compositions, 1901-1950
Appendix Four: Review of Pan's Anniversary from the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, 28 April, 1905
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