Before the Baton: Musical Direction and Conducting in Stuart and Georgian Britain

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Format: Book    
Product code: BOYD4567    


Before modern baton conducting spread in the 1830s from the pit of the Haymarket Theatre to large-scale choral music, ensemble playing was more collaborative, with responsibility for interpretation shared between players. Handel for example led from the keyboard. The book focuses on direction in two strands of music-making in Stuart and Georgian Britain: choral music from Restoration cathedrals to the oratorio tradition deriving from Handel, and music in the theatre from the Jacobean masque to nineteenth-century opera.

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