Tag Archives: C19 music

To celebrate to commemorate: John Wall Callcott (1766 – 1821)

John Wall Callcott (1766 – 1821) is synonymous with the Glee, that quintessentially English unaccompanied sentimental part-song, usually for male voices, popular in the 18th and early 19th century for the enjoyment of which the Noblemen and Gentlemen’s Catch Club … Continue reading

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More on Pendlebury hidden collections

Sometimes, when the Pendlebury Library is quiet and term has ended, I disappear from my workplace to reach the secret corners of the library, rooms accessible only to library staff. A door in the library annexe separates the accessible part … Continue reading

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Pendlebury hidden collections

Over the past 25 years the focus of the Pendlebury Library has gradually but clearly shifted from being a research intensive library owning a collection of manuscripts, concert programmes and rare books, to a faculty library primarily supporting teaching. Although music manuscripts … Continue reading

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Bygone concert venues 7: St. James’s Hall

This is the post that should have come along before Treasure Grove and Wot no ice cream?. Why? Because St. James’s Hall is the venue where these concerts all took place. We have a small, but fascinating collection of about … Continue reading

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Thomas Busby: the model for MusiCB3?

If the composer, writer and musician Thomas Busby had been alive today he would have been in his element delighting in the ability to get online and blog away to his heart’s content – hot competition though for us here … Continue reading

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It’s not just about the music : The Royal Aquarium

Previous “It’s not just about the music” posts have shown how Victorian sheet music can be a useful topic of research across subject areas. One area that may not be immediately obvious is architecture. As songs often dealt with topical themes, … Continue reading

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Adolf Jensen: Is Bigger Better?

I was recently looking into some minutiae of British musical life around 1880, and I encountered several references to a composer whose name was quite new to me: Adolf Jensen (1837–1879). At first it seemed an odd stroke of chance … Continue reading

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