Tonic to the Nation: Making English Music in the Festival of by Nathaniel G. Lew

By Nathaniel G. Lew

lengthy remembered mainly for its modernist exhibitions at the South financial institution in London, the 1951 pageant of england additionally showcased British creative creativity in all its types. In Tonic to the country, Nathaniel G. Lew tells the tale of the English classical track and opera composed and revived for the competition, and explores how those long-overlooked parts of the competition helped outline English track within the post-war interval. Drawing on a wealth of archival fabric, Lew seems heavily on the paintings of the newly chartered Arts Council of significant Britain, for whom the pageant of england supplied the 1st likelihood to claim its authority over British tradition. the humanities Council devised many musical courses for the competition, together with commissions of latest live performance works, an enormous London Season of just about two hundred concert events highlighting seven centuries of English musical creativity, and several other schemes to fee and practice new operas. those initiatives weren't simply directed at bringing audiences to listen to new and previous nationwide tune, yet to proportion broader objectives of framing the nationwide repertory, negotiating among the conflicting calls for of conservative and innovative tastes, and utilizing track to forge new nationwide definitions in a replaced post-war world.

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