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Author Guthrie, Kate, 1987- author.

Title The art of appreciation : music and middlebrow culture in modern Britain / Kate Guthrie
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2021]
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Description 1 online resource
Series California studies in 20th-century music ; 30.
Contents The art of appreciation -- "Audiences of the future" : the Robert Mayer Concerts for Children (1924-1939) -- Victorians on radio : Music and the Ordinary Listener (1926-1939) -- Music education on film : Instruments of the Orchestra (1946) -- Outside the ivory tower : extra-mural music at the University of Birmingham (1948-1964) -- The Avant-garde goes to school : O Magnum Mysterium (1960) -- Epilogue : the middlebrow in an age of cultural pluralism
Summary "From the BBC Proms to Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, initiatives to promote classical music have been a pervasive feature of twentieth-century musical life. The goal of these initiatives was rarely just to reach a larger and more diverse audience but to teach a particular way of listening that would help the public 'appreciate' music. This book examines for the first time how and why music appreciation has had such a defining and long-lasting impact--well beyond its roots in late-Victorian liberalism. It traces the networks of music educators, philanthropists, policy-makers, critics, composers, and musicians who, rather than resisting new mass media, sought to harness their pedagogic potential; and explores how listening became embroiled in a nexus of modern problems around citizenship, leisure, and education. In so doing, it ultimately reveals how a new cultural milieu--the middlebrow--emerged at the heart of Britain's experience of modernity"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher
Subject Music -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Music appreciation -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
MUSIC / History & Criticism
Music appreciation
Music -- Social aspects
Great Britain
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020051225
ISBN 9780520975897
0520975898