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The symphony in Britain and Ireland since 1900: A critical history - the editor’s perspective

Jones, Nicholas ORCID: 2023. The symphony in Britain and Ireland since 1900: A critical history - the editor’s perspective. Presented at: NABMSA Colloquium Series - North American British Music Studies Association, Online, 27 November 2023.

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The story of the symphony in Britain and Ireland in the twentieth and early twenty-first century offers a particularly rich and fertile topic for scholarly investigation. Notably, it is a period that has witnessed the creation of an extraordinary number of symphonies, written by an equally significant number of composers of widely varied backgrounds, interests, identities and agendas, each with their own stylistic voice, technique and singular approach to the compositional problems and opportunities that the genre presents. With a long and distinguished lineage, the prestigious and revered status of the symphony inevitably sets up certain expectations and invites comparisons to symphonic works of the past. How have composers working in the British Isles responded to this challenge? In what ways has this tradition been reinforced, and to what extent has it been radically reimagined? In this talk, Nicholas will outline the main objectives of this book (Cambridge University Press), introduce the international team of contributors and their chapters, and offer a view of the project from the editor’s perspective.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2023 14:38

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