Concertos ‘upon the stage’ in Early Hanoverian London: the Instrumental Counterpart to opera seria

Rawson, R. (2017) Concertos ‘upon the stage’ in Early Hanoverian London: the Instrumental Counterpart to opera seria. In: DeSimone, A. and Gardner, M., eds. Music, Theatre, and the Benefit Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (In Press)

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Abstract

This chapter argues that the (then) relatively new genre of the concerto fulfilled a role on the London stage that was not found elsewhere in Europe; that is, that because of the competitive culture of benefit concerts, instrumental performers were pressed to devise performance and promotional device to compete with the raft of newly-imported Italian opera stars. The response from instrumental soloists was to imitate the most highly-esteemed singers, not only in terms of their repertoire and style, but also in assuming their physical place 'upon the stage'—a performance environment normally reserved for opera stars.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
M Music and Books on Music > M Music > M0005 Instrumental music > M1000 Orchestra
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 > M Music > M0005 Instrumental music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on 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 > ML0459 Instruments and instrumental music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music > ML0093 Manuscript studies and manuscripts
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study > MT0960 Music in the theater
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Music and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Dr Robert Rawson
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 16:21
Last Modified: 23 May 2018 14:01
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16789

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