'Harmonia Anglicana, or why finger failed in 'The Prize Musick'

Rawson, R. (2014) 'Harmonia Anglicana, or why finger failed in 'The Prize Musick'. In: Lowerre, K., ed. The Lively Arts of The London stage, 1675–1725. Farnham: Ashgate. pp. 27-46 ISBN 9781409455332

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Abstract

Argues that part of the reason for Finger's lack of success in the 1701 'Prize Musick' competition was due his idiosyncratic central-European practices and changing notions of modern tendencies in Italian music. Despite this, Finger remained one of the most pioneering composers in London after the death of H. Purcell in 1695 and the conservatism and anti-Catholic atmosphere of London undermined Finger's ambitions.

Abstract for the book:Unlike collections of essays which focus on a single century or whose authors are drawn from a single discipline, this collection reflects the myriad performance options available to London audiences, offering readers a composite portrait of the music, drama, and dance productions that characterized this rich period. Just as the performing arts were deeply interrelated, the essays presented here, by scholars from a range of fields, engage in dialogue with others in the volume. The opening section examines a famous series of 1701 performances based on the competition between composers to set William Congreve's masque The Judgment of Paris to music. The essays in the central section (the 'mainpiece') showcase performers and productions on the London stage from a variety of perspectives, including English 'tastes' in art and music, the use of dance, the depiction of madness and masculinity in both spoken and musical performances, and genres and modes in the context of contemporary criticism and theatrical practice. A brief afterpiece looks at comic pieces in relation to satire, parody and homage. By bringing together work by scholars of music, dance, and drama, this cross-disciplinary collection illuminates the interconnecting strands that shaped a vibrant theatrical world

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music > M1490 Music printed or copied in manuscript before 1700
M Music and Books on Music > M Music > M1495 Vocal music
M Music and Books on Music > M Music > M1495 Vocal music > M1497 Secular vocal music
M Music and Books on Music > M Music > M1495 Vocal music > M1497 Secular vocal music > M1500 Dramatic music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML0159 History and criticism > ML1400 Vocal music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML0159 History and criticism
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML0159 History and criticism > ML0162 By period
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML0032 Institutions
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML3797 Musical research
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML0159 History and criticism > ML0459 Instruments and instrumental music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML0093 Manuscript studies and manuscripts
Depositing User: Dr Robert Rawson
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2017 14:33
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2017 14:33
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/15325

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