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The pursuit of high culture : John Ella and chamber music in Victorian London

Author: Christina Bashford
Publisher: Woodbridge, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2007.
Series: Music in Britain, 1600-1900.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: John Ella; John Ella; John Ella
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christina Bashford
ISBN: 9781843832980 1843832984
OCLC Number: 159681505
Description: xiv, 410 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Music in Britain, 1600-1900.
Responsibility: Christina Bashford.
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Investigates the promotion and consumption of high musical culture among leisured society in Victorian London, by focusing on the activities of the concert manager John Ella and his Musical Union  Read more...

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(B)ashford's book expertly relates her thorough documentation of Ella's life and professional activities to the broader social, cultural, and musical Victorian context, offering us a model example of Read more...

 
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