By Christina Bashford
This monograph investigates the promoting and intake of excessive musical tradition between leisured society in Victorian London, through targeting the actions of the live performance supervisor John Ella and his Musical Union (1845-81), an eminent, long-lived establishment for chamber tune, a lot fÃªted throughout Europe in its day. It combines a biography of Ella with a social-economic historical past of the Musical Union, its avid gamers, repertoire and audiences, and units them opposed to the steadily moving contexts for London concert events, chamber track and cultural existence. Ella's amazing lifestyles tale, which begun in provincial, artisan-class obscurity and led to the higher echelons of London society, shapes the narrative. Such subject matters as entrepreneurship, live performance administration, style shaping, track appreciation and elite social networks are mentioned all through, as is the curious interaction among the need to 'sacralize' chamber song, specifically Beethoven's, at the one hand, and the necessity to live on amid the expanding advertisement imperatives of London live performance existence at the different.
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