Tag Archives: theatrical history

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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The spitting image

Why do people use music collections? The reasons may be a lot more varied than you might imagine. Most want to use them for the standard reasons – musical research or performance; but increasingly they’re also used across other subject … Continue reading

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A star is born

It’s all in the best Broadway tradition – the actor / actress who “overnight” becomes a star. I unexpectedly came across a real-life example of this when I found the story that lay behind a short piano piece in the UL’s music … Continue reading

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