Author Archives: Kate

Queen of the Music Hall

Marie Lloyd died on the 7th October 1922. Her funeral a few days later was attended by thousands of mourners, and was described by T. S. Eliot as “a ceremony which surprised even warmest admirers”. To mark the centenary month … Continue reading

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Transported by music

Here on the MusiCB3 blog, we talk a lot about the collection of Victorian and Edwardian songs held at the University Library. It is rare, however, that we have the opportunity to dust them off and perform them. This week … Continue reading

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Song spotlight: “Help” The Railway Dog

As we have remarked before on MusiCB3, it is sometimes the case that a piece of music is interesting mainly for the snippet of history it illustrates. Particularly with the Victorian song collection, it is often not just about the … Continue reading

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Song spotlight: I Belong to Glasgow

I stumbled across this the other day, whilst searching for something else: It sent me down a bit of a rabbit hole…

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Elephants, Doves, and Raccoons

One of the practicalities of storing a lot of scores, as we do here at MusiCB3, is that you have to make the best possible use of the space you have. For us, that involves grouping things together according to … Continue reading

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Running up that hill

My latest earworm is all the fault of Stranger Things. Kate Bush’s 1985 song Running up that Hill has been in the charts again lately, since featuring in a recent episode of the Netflix sci-fi drama series, Stranger Things. This … Continue reading

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Douze points?

Eurovision always creeps up on me unawares, and I only realised today that the final is almost upon us. Since it was my turn to blog this week, it seemed like a good moment to explore the books and music … Continue reading

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Aesthetic and poetic : Patience 140

Gilbert and Sullivan’s sixth comic opera, Patience, opened on 23rd April 1881 at London’s Opera Comique. Later the same year, on the 10th October, it was the first production to be shown at the newly opened Savoy Theatre.

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Hair-raising times : what to wear to the opera

What links Marie Antoinette, vaccinations, Gluck, a famous naval battle, and Parisian opera houses? A man named Léonard Autié. 

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Cristofori 290

Last month saw 290 years since the death of Bartolomeo Cristofori (4th May 1655 – 27th January 1731), the instrument maker who developed the gravicembalo col piano e forte, or “harpsichord with soft and loud” generally thought of as being … Continue reading

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