Imperialism and Music: Britain, 1876-1953
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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coronations and jubilees
Armistice Day and Empire Day
exhibitions and festivals
opera operetta and ballet
music for imperial films
Sing a song of Empire
From Greenlands icy mountains from Indias coral
the dominions musical tour
Dame Emma Albani
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