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Bashford, Christina

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Works: 31 works in 74 publications in 1 language and 661 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography 
Roles: Editor, Other
Classifications: ML102.O6, 782.103
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Most widely held works by Christina Bashford
Music and British culture, 1785-1914 : essays in honour of Cyril Ehrlich ( Book )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The pursuit of high culture : John Ella and chamber music in Victorian London by Christina Bashford ( Book )
7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This investigation of the consumption of high musical culture among leisured society in Victorian London focuses on the activities of the concert manager John Ella and his Musical Union (1845-81), an eminent, long-lived institution for chamber music, much feted across Europe in its day." "A biography of Ella is combined with a social-economic history of the Musical Union, its players, repertoire and audiences, set against the gradually shifting contexts for London concerts, chamber music and cultural life." "Ella's extraordinary life story, which began in provincial, artisan-class obscurity and ended in the upper echelons of London society, shapes the narrative. Such themes as entrepreneurship, concert management and promotion, taste shaping, music appreciation and elite social networks are discussed throughout, as is the curious interplay between the desire to 'sacralize' chamber music, especially Beethoven's, on the one hand, and the need to survive amid the increasing commercial imperatives of London concert life on the other."--BOOK JACKET
The New Grove dictionary of opera by George Grove ( Book )
16 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A set of four volumes written by some 1300 people, and it no doubt embodies many contradictions
E - Lom ( Book )
3 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Roe - Z. Appendices ( Book )
3 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lon - Rod ( Book )
3 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A - D ( Book )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The new Grove dictionary of opera ( Book )
3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The new Grove dictionary of opera ( Book )
3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Varieties of childhood : John Ella and the construction of a Victorian Mozart by Christina Bashford ( )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Public chamber-music concerts in London, 1835-50 : aspects of history, repertory and reception by Christina Bashford ( Book )
3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The new Grove dictionary of opera ( Book )
3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Public chamber-music concerts in London, 1825-50 : aspects of history, repertory and reception by Christina Bashford ( Book )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Music and British culture, 1785-1914 : essays in honor of Cyril Ehrlich ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A handlist of materials in the Ella Collection housed in the Music Faculty Library, University of Oxford by Christina Bashford ( Book )
2 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The new Grove dictionary of opera ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Public chamber-music concerts in London : 1835-1850 : aspects of history, repertory and reception by Christina Bashford ( Book )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A survey of the choral music and writings of Merrill Bradshaw and analyses of representative works by Daniel McDavitt ( )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
American composer and educator Merrill Bradshaw (1929-2000) was a visible and influential figure as professor of music and composer-in-residence at Brigham Young University. He composed many choral and choral/orchestral works that were highly acclaimed and frequently performed throughout his career. Most of his music, however, was either never published, or was published by companies that are now defunct or cater to a relatively limited market. His influence, however, extended beyond his teaching and composing to a significant collection of writings that explore issues of Mormonism and the arts. This paper explores Bradshaw⁰́₉s choral music, specifically the influences that led to the development of an eclectic approach to music composition, and Bradshaw⁰́₉s influence in perpetuating Mormon musical culture. Chapter 1 provides personal and professional background on Bradshaw. Chapter 2 gives a brief history of the development of music composition among Mormon composers and describes Bradshaw⁰́₉s views on Mormonism and the arts. Chapter 3 discusses how his views aided in the development of a compositional style. Chapter 4 provides a summary of his compositional output, examples of stylistic characteristics of Bradshaw⁰́₉s music, and representative analyses of a selection of Bradshaw⁰́₉s choral works. Works analyzed include The Articles of Faith (1960), Three Songs on Verses by Emily Dickinson (1967), Psalm XCVI (1969), and three movements from The Restoration (1974). An appendix includes a listing of Bradshaw⁰́₉s choral works
"The ineffable moments will be harder won": the genesis, compositional process, and early performance history of Michael Tippett's The Heart's Assurance by Justin M Vickers ( )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Commissioned by tenor Peter Pears, Michael Tippett⁰́₉s The Heart⁰́₉s Assurance is an easily overlooked song cycle among twentieth-century English vocal repertoire, overshadowed by Benjamin Britten⁰́₉s cyclical works and those of other British composers. This cycle, which moved Tippett to tears into his nineties, was intended to eulogize the memory of one of his dearest friends, Francesca Allinson. Tippett later expanded the dedication to serve as a requiem to both Allinson and the millions dead from World War II. The cycle⁰́₉s poets Sidney Keyes and Alun Lewis also number among the war⁰́₉s casualties. The violent imagery of the poets⁰́₉ texts supplied an appropriate framework to characterize Tippett⁰́₉s ardent pacifism and his response to the losses of war. In fact, The Heart⁰́₉s Assurance represented a watershed moment to Tippett throughout his life, one to which he returned frequently in his private and public writings. In this respect, the cycle is best understood as a memorial work and for its personal significance to Tippett, rather than a composition that gained singular acclaim. Pears and Britten premièred the cycle at the 1951 Festival of Britain. Its high-profile venue positioned Tippett as a star ascendant among English song composers, yet The Heart⁰́₉s Assurance did not retain this pinnacle in the repertory; nor did Tippett attempt to compose such a purely voice and piano opus again. The Heart⁰́₉s Assurance emerged eight years after Tippett⁰́₉s first project with Pears and Britten ⁰́₃ the neo-Purcellian cantata Boyhood⁰́₉s End (1943). An exploration of previously unpublished letters from Tippett to Pears concerning The Heart⁰́₉s Assurance reveals the development of their friendship, the collaboration with Britten the pianist, and the earliest kernels of discussion regarding the cycle. Additional unpublished correspondence with the South African-born British composer Priaulx Rainier, and documents within the BBC Written Archives, shed further light on the cycle⁰́₉s genesis. The majority of scholarship on Tippett focuses on his larger orchestral and operatic works. This study reveals why scrutiny of The Heart⁰́₉s Assurance, clearly a smaller genre, is essential for a greater appreciation of Tippett⁰́₉s life and persona. Furthermore, this examination elevates our understanding of Tippett⁰́₉s perception of the artist⁰́₉s role in modern society. This was an issue with which he wrestled a great deal, as can be seen in his published writings and selected letters, and in his voluminous amount of unpublished correspondence. This author argues that the methodology by which one may fully comprehend both composer and artwork is that which sees a synthesis of its formative elements: what this author names as the ⁰́British Library Sketches⁰́₊ (GB-Lbl MS Add. 72026), the ⁰́₋Aldeburgh Drafts and Sketches⁰́₊ (GB-ALb 2-9400780), and the fair copies that form the ⁰́₋Autograph MS⁰́₊ (GB-ALb 2-9400536 and 2-9400538). Drawing upon these materials, the current dissertation applies genetic criticism to this author⁰́₉s transcriptions of the four extant leaves for The Heart⁰́₉s Assurance in the British Library Sketches, revealing that Tippett⁰́₉s compositional process was text-driven and melodically-inspired. Further discussion contrasts and compares these sketches with the later Aldeburgh Drafts and Sketches and the autograph MS. Analysis of these manuscripts presents a micro-view of Tippett⁰́₉s creative development, and insights into his search for the inexpressible. Complicating the cycle⁰́₉s history thereafter is Pears⁰́₉s pronouncement on it in his contribution to Michael Tippett: A Symposium on His Sixtieth Birthday (1965) fourteen years after its première. Pears⁰́₉s essay is a partial response to Tippett⁰́₉s earlier manifesto on composers and text-setting in his concluding essay to Dennis Stevens⁰́₉s A History of Song (1960). Contextualization of Pears⁰́₉s commentary requires us to understand that Britten was frequently associated with Tippett in twentieth-century English culture. At the same time, this dissertation makes it clear that Tippett⁰́₉s ideas on song-writing in his treatise contradict the realities evinced in The Heart⁰́₉s Assurance. The present examination also offers a discussion of Pears⁰́₉s and Britten⁰́₉s annotations in their personal copies of the published scores. The early performance history of the cycle, including all known performances of The Heart⁰́₉s Assurance by Peter Pears, are documented and discussed, along with notable later performances by other artists, and recordings. In sum, this dissertation provides the singer, collaborative pianist, professional voice instructor, and the scholarly community alike a broad and detailed perspective on Tippett⁰́₉s song cycle. The larger goal is to contribute a focused appreciation of Tippett⁰́₉s compositional process and creative skill, thereby offering richer performance and listening experiences
 
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Alternative Names
Bashford, Christina Margaret.
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