Instrumental Teaching in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Music by David J. Golby

By David J. Golby

It's a fact greatly stated that, whereas a part of a uniquely different and colourful musical atmosphere, the achievements of home-grown British instrumentalists within the nineteenth century gave little reason for nationwide delight. Drawing jointly info from a wide selection of fundamental and secondary resources, specifically treatises and tutors, David Golby demonstrates that whereas Britain produced many fewer instrumental virtuosi than its overseas neighbours, there built a extra severe and common curiosity within the cultivation of song in the course of the nineteenth century. Taking a predominantly ancient method, the publication strikes from a dialogue of basic advancements and concerns to a close exam of violin pedagogy, procedure and content material that is used as a consultant to society's impact on cultural tendencies and informs the dialogue of alternative tools and institutional education that follows. Dr Golby examines intensive the inextricable hyperlinks among tendencies in society, schooling and degrees of feat. He additionally extends his learn past expert and "art" song to include the highly major novice and "popular" spheres. to supply a contextual framework for the examine, the publication contains a chronology of advancements in 19th-century British track schooling, and a consultant chronology of crucial British instrumental treatises 1780-1900, that includes over seven hundred goods.

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82 The idea of a specialist academy for the training of musicians was proposed on many occasions, but a continued preoccupation with the traditional view of musicians among powerful upper-class amateurs was, when it finally arrived, destined to limit its effectiveness (see Chapter 5). Purely musical attributes, like the subject itself, were considered of insufficient importance in themselves and therefore extramusical factors, relating to status and respectability, continued to play a very important role even in professional training.

1999) and Bashford and Langley, eds (2000). 19 Scotland, possibly because of its relative isolation, enjoyed an independently vibrant intellectual culture and a progressive approach to the provision of basic education. Greater numbers of prominent instrumentalists and teachers travelled to Edinburgh as a result of improvements to the transport system and there was a proposal to establish a music school in 1816 (see G. F. Graham in Kassler (1979), 402–3). However, an earlier appetite for serious study among amateurs, in the absence of easily accessible high-quality practical instruction, is perhaps suggested by the number and quality of pedagogical publications published there during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, including examples by Bremner and Pasquali.

London, a major cultural centre with all the trappings of conspicuous wealth among the upper and aspiring middle classes, naturally contrasts sharply 16 It is interesting to look at the area of vocal music in this context. For various reasons discussed in greater detail below, the vocal movement enjoyed wider-ranging success as far as ‘semi-professionalism’ is concerned than the instrumental sphere. Longstanding amateur traditions and the spread of sight-singing among both adults and children provided training, and numerous choral societies provided opportunities for amateurs to achieve high standards in public performance (see Caldwell (1999), 236).

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