The Sound of the English Picturesque: Georgian Vocal Music, Haydn, and Landscape Aesthetics

Author:   Stephen Groves
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9781032275703


Pages:   254
Publication Date:   04 December 2023
Format:   Hardback
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The Sound of the English Picturesque: Georgian Vocal Music, Haydn, and Landscape Aesthetics


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Revealing the connections between the veneration of national landscape and eighteenth-century English vocal music, this study restores English music’s relationship with the picturesque. In the eighteenth century, the emerging taste for the picturesque was central to British aesthetics, as poets and painters gained popularity by glorifying the local landscape in works concurrent with the emergence of native countryside tourism. Yet English music was seldom discussed as a medium for conveying national scenic beauty. Stephen Groves explores this gap, and shows how secular song, the glee, and national theatre music expressed a uniquely English engagement with landscape. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Groves addresses the apparent ‘silence’ of the English picturesque. The book draws on analysis of the visualisations present in the texts of English vocal music, and their musical treatment, to demonstrate how local composers incorporated celebrations of landscape into their works. The final chapter shows that the English picturesque was a crucial influence on Joseph Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons. Suitable for anyone with an interest in eighteenth-century music, aesthetics, and the natural environment, this book will appeal to a wide range of specialists and non-specialists alike.

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Author:   Stephen Groves
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.650kg
ISBN:  

9781032275703


ISBN 10:   1032275707
Pages:   254
Publication Date:   04 December 2023
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Stephen Groves completed his PhD at Southampton University in 2012. He previously held posts as Teacher of Academic Music and Head of Strings at Merchant Taylors’ School, and Director of Music at Watford Grammar School for Girls. He is currently editor of www.greatbritishwine.com.

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