Tag Archives: C19 music

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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It’s not just about the music : The warlike Victorian – heroes and heroines

In the last post on Victorian songs I wrote about the attractive cover artwork found on many of the songs. Sometimes the artwork can be the only way in which you can date a piece of music. Music is notorious for … Continue reading

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It’s not just about the music : The (un)-healthy Victorian

Who uses music resources? Conversations among music librarians reveal that increasing numbers of libraries are getting rid of their music stock citing, among other things, under-use. As early as 2003 a IAML report Access to music highlighted some of the problems … Continue reading

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Most exquisitely performed: A. J. Ellis, Mendelssohn and the 1837 Birmingham Triennial Festival

Sitting quietly on the shelves in our reserve stacks is a little volume of programmes for the 1837 Birmingham Triennial Festival. What’s so special about that, do I hear you ask? Read on to discover more… First, a little background … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate : Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

There’s a new exhibition opening on Wednesday 24th October in the display cases in and around the Anderson Room celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth. When I was thinking about setting up the exhibition, I realised at a very … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate : Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (September 1st)

Like many music librarians I subscribe to the IAML (International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation centres) lists. The emails that come through on these lists include academic queries on subjects ranging from baroque music to heavy metal fanzines, pleas for … Continue reading

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Italie! Italie! “Les Troyens” at the Royal Opera House

“For the last three years I have been tormented by the idea of a vast opera for which I would write both the words and the music… I am resisting the temptation of carrying out this project, and I hope … Continue reading

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Bygone concert venues 3: Hanover Square Rooms (II)

Our previous post on the Hanover Square Rooms left a packed house enjoying Haydn’s “military” symphony on 12th May 1794. Now we move to the new century and the second instalment which sees, amongst many others, the Concert of Ancient … Continue reading

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Obsessed with Handel: Samuel Butler’s special collection

Many people have heard of the utopian satire Erewhon, but few are aware that its author, the Victorian polymath Samuel Butler (1835–1902), was driven to creativity by a lifelong obsession with George Frideric Handel. ‘Of all dead men Handel has … Continue reading

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The Entertainer: John Orlando Parry

Tackling my folder of problem programmes last week, I came across two items undated, with no venue, featuring the Victorian entertainer John Orlando Parry (1810 – 1879). Undaunted by the paucity of useful information, and wanting to find out more, … Continue reading

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