The English musical Renaissance, 1840-1940

By Meirion Hughes and Robert Stradling

The English musical Renaissance, 1840-1940

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5830-1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: August 2001
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, The arts / Music, MUSIC / General, Cultural studies, Music, Music
  • Series: Music and Society


Second edition of a book which caused huge controversy in its first printing - now completely revised and updated. Argues that research into the cultural history of music can significantly help our understanding of the evolution of English national identity. Only book of its kind to cover such a revolutionary period in British music. Looks at how music reflected the privileged elite, ignoring the vast majority of 'music lovers', and was crucial in the construction of a British national identity. The second edition features a new and expanded introduction, a new chapter on Mendelssohn's Elijah - and the complete text has also been updated and revised.


Part one: The history and politics of the Renaissance
1. Renaissance and Reformation (1840-94)
2. A troubled inheritance (1895-1914)
3. War, post-war, pre-war, more war (1914-40)
Part two: Aspects of cultural formation
4. Being beastly to the Hun
5. Crusading for national music
6. Slaying the false prophets
7. Becoming transfigured


Meirion Hughes is a freelance historian and lives in London. Robert Stradling was Professor of History at the University of Wales, Cardiff

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