The Victorian Music Hall

Download The Victorian Music Hall ebook PDF or Read Online books in PDF, EPUB, and Mobi Format. Click Download or Read Online button to The Victorian Music Hall book pdf for free now.

The Victorian Music Hall

Author : Dagmar Kift
ISBN : 0521474728
Genre : Drama
File Size : 32.31 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 883
Read : 1274

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.
Category: Drama

Dance And Dancers In The Victorian And Edwardian Music Hall Ballet

Author : Alexandra Carter
ISBN : 9781351163620
Genre : Music
File Size : 27.34 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 323
Read : 167

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.
Category: Music

Theatre In The Victorian Age

Author : Michael R Booth
ISBN : 0521348374
Genre : Drama
File Size : 51.53 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 459
Read : 753

A comprehensive survey of the theatre practice and dramatic literature of the Victorian period.
Category: Drama

Murder Mayhem And Music Hall

Author : Barry Anthony
ISBN : 9780857726827
Genre : History
File Size : 46.38 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 270
Read : 1128

The Strand is one of London's most iconic streets - today the bustling and thriving home of West End theatres and the luxurious Savoy hotel; in the Victorian era, the Strand was a much more seedy and destitute part of the city. Barry Anthony here explores the criminal and socially subversive behaviour which abounded in and around the Victorian Strand. He introduces us to a vast range of personalities - from prostitutes, confidence tricksters, vagrants and cadgers to the actors, comedians and music hall stars who trod the boards of the Strand's early theatres.
Category: History

Popular Music In England 1840 1914

Author : Dave Russell
ISBN : 0719052610
Genre : History
File Size : 72.28 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 475
Read : 155

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.
Category: History

Music Hall And Modernity

Author : Barry J. Faulk
ISBN : 0821441396
Genre : Literary Criticism
File Size : 54.91 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 125
Read : 1292

The late-Victorian discovery of the music hall by English intellectuals marks a crucial moment in the history of popular culture. Music Hall and Modernity demonstrates how such pioneering cultural critics as Arthur Symons and Elizabeth Robins Pennell used the music hall to secure and promote their professional identity as guardians of taste and national welfare. These social arbiters were, at the same time, devotees of the spontaneous culture of “the people.” In examining fiction from Walter Besant, Hall Caine, and Henry Nevinson, performance criticism from William Archer and Max Beerbohm, and late-Victorian controversies over philanthropy and moral reform, scholar Barry Faulk argues that discourse on music-hall entertainment helped consolidate the identity and tastes of an emergent professional class. Critics and writers legitimized and cleaned up the music hall, at the same time allowing issues of class, respect, and empowerment to be negotiated. Music Hall and Modernity offers a complex view of the new middle-class, middlebrow mass culture of late-Victorian London and contributes to a body of scholarship on nineteenth-century urbanism. The book will also interest scholars concerned with the emergence of a professional managerial class and the genealogy of cultural studies.
Category: Literary Criticism

Popular Culture And Performance In The Victorian City

Author : Peter Bailey
ISBN : 0521543487
Genre : Drama
File Size : 58.31 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 401
Read : 786

Lively and innovative, these well-illustrated essays on the making of the Victorian entertainment industry get inside the popular experience of the pub, music-hall, theater and comic press. In this new leisure world, audiences learned how to be performers themselves, adopting roles and styles appropriate to the unsettling dynamics of the modern city. A major advance in understanding how popular culture actually works, this is a model of the successful integration of the theory and practice of social history and cultural studies.
Category: Drama

Scotland And The Music Hall 1850 1914

Author : Paul Maloney
ISBN : 0719061474
Genre : History
File Size : 30.58 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 240
Read : 954

While London dominated the wider British music hall in the 19th century, Glasgow, the Second City of the Empire, was the center of a vigorous Scottish performing culture, one developed in a Presbyterian society with a very different experience of industrial urbanization. It drew heavily on older fairground and traditional forms in developing its own brand of this new urban entertainment. The book explores all aspects of the Scottish music hall industry, from the lives and professional culture of performers and impresarios to the place of music hall in Scottish life. It also explores issues of national identity, both in terms of Scottish audiences' responses to the promotion of imperial themes in songs and performing material, and in the version of Scottish identity projected by Lauder and other kilted acts at home and abroad in America, Canada, Australia and throughout the English-speaking world.
Category: History

The Victorian Marionette Theatre

Author : John Mccormick
ISBN : 9781587295188
Genre : Art
File Size : 60.99 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 345
Read : 635

In this fascinating and colorful book, researcher and performer John McCormick focuses on the marionette world of Victorian Britain between its heyday after 1860 and its waning years from 1895 to 1914. Situating the rich and diverse puppet theatre in the context of entertainment culture, he explores both the aesthetics of these dancing dolls and their sociocultural significance in their life and time. The history of marionette performances is interwoven with live-actor performances and with the entire gamut of annual fairs, portable and permanent theatres, music halls, magic lantern shows, waxworks, panoramas, and sideshows. McCormick has drawn upon advertisements in the Era, an entertainment paper, between the 1860s and World War I, and articles in the World’s Fair, a paper for showpeople, in the first fifty years of the twentieth century, as well as interviews with descendants of the marionette showpeople and close examinations of many of the surviving puppets. McCormick begins his study with an exploration of the Victorian marionette theatre in the context of other theatrical events of the day, with proprietors and puppeteers, and with the venues where they performed. He further examines the marionette’s position as an actor not quite human but imitating humans closely enough to be considered empathetic; the ways that physical attributes were created with wood, paint, and cloth; and the dramas and melodramas that the dolls performed. A discussion of the trick figures and specialized acts that each company possessed, as well as an exploration of the theatre’s staging, lighting, and costuming, follows in later chapters. McCormick concludes with a description of the last days of marionette theatre in the wake of changing audience expectations and the increasing popularity of moving pictures. This highly enjoyable and readable study, often illuminated by intriguing anecdotes such as that of the Armenian photographer who fell in love with and abducted the Holden company’s Cinderella marionette in 1881, will appeal to everyone fascinated by the magic of nineteenth-century theatre, many of whom will discover how much the marionette could contribute to that magic.
Category: Art

Britpop And The English Music Tradition

Author : Professor Andy Bennett
ISBN : 9781409494072
Genre : Music
File Size : 90.84 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 279
Read : 713

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.
Category: Music

British Music Hall

Author : Richard Anthony Baker
ISBN : 9781473837409
Genre : Music
File Size : 45.88 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 787
Read : 336

'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 POPEMusic 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.
Category: Music

The Novello Music Hall Songbook

Author : Robert Meadwell
ISBN : STANFORD:36105028689730
Genre : Humorous songs
File Size : 55.24 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 206
Read : 583

This collection presents ten songs from the vast repertory of the Victorian and Edwardian Music Hall, from the rich legacy left by the artistes, lyricists and composers who flourished primarily in London in the second half of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 2 th century. Arranged for solo or unison singing with choruses arranged for SATB by Geoffrey Brawn. Notes on the songs by Robert Meadwell.
Category: Humorous songs

New Theatre Quarterly 43 Volume 11 Part 3

Author : Clive Barker
ISBN : 0521558425
Genre : Drama
File Size : 88.97 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 782
Read : 458

One of a series discussing topics of interest in theatre studies from theoretical, methodological, philosophical and historical perspectives.
Category: Drama

From Theatre To Music Hall

Author : William Richard Titterton
ISBN : UOM:39015009224422
Genre : Amusements
File Size : 81.72 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 211
Read : 470

Category: Amusements

Chaplin S Music Hall

Author : Barry Anthony
ISBN : 9781780763149
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 49.36 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 899
Read : 237

A new assessment of the inspirations behind the iconic cultural icon's career explores his family's theatrical history, early experiences in music hall culture and relationships with his parents and such contemporaries as Eva Lester and Fred Karno.
Category: Biography & Autobiography