Imperialism and Music: Britain, 1876-1953

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Manchester University Press, 2001 - History - 534 pages
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This study considers relationship between British imperialism and music. With its unique ability to stimulate the emotions and to create mental images, music was used to dramatize, illustrate and reinforce the components of the ideological cluster that constituted British imperialism in its heyday: patriotism, monarchism, hero-worship, Protestantism, racialism and chivalry. It was also used to emphasise the inclusiveness of Britain by stressing the contributions of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland to the imperial project.
 

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Contents

Sullivans Empire
19
Elgars Empire
44
coronations and jubilees
88
Armistice Day and Empire Day
152
exhibitions and festivals
177
opera operetta and ballet
248
music for imperial films
279
Sing a song of Empire
324
From Greenlands icy mountains from Indias coral
366
Imperial march
411
the dominions musical tour
450
Dame Emma Albani
469
Peter Dawson
495
Conclusion
525
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Jeffrey Richards, Scott Wilson, and Linda Woodheadwork at the Institute of Cultural Research at Lancaster University, U.K.

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