This book is a cultural history of the nineteenth-century songster: pocket-sized anthologies of song texts, usually without musical notation. It examines the musical, social, commercial and aesthetic functions songsters served and the processes by which they were produced and disseminated, the repertory they included, and the singers, printers and entrepreneurs that both inspired their manufacture and facilitated their consumption. Taking an international perspective, chapters focus on songsters from Ireland, North America, Australia and Britain and the varied public and private contexts in which they were used and exploited in oral and print cultures.
1. The nineteenth-century songster: recovering a lost musical artefact Paul Watt, Derek B. Scott and Patrick Spedding; Part I. Production, Function and Commerce: 2. American secular songsters in the nineteenth century: an overview Norm Cohen; 3. The prefaces to songsters: the law, aesthetics, performers and performance Paul Watt; 4. The genesis of Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies, 1808-34 Sarah McCleave; Part II. Politics: 5. The US Presidential campaign songster, 1840-1900 Derek B. Scott; 6. Friendship, cosmopolitan connections and late Victorian socialist songbook culture Kate Bowan; 7. 'Confound their politics': the political uses of God Save the King-Queen Paul Pickering; 8. Charles Robert Thatcher's songsters: politics on the goldfields of Victoria, Australia Mark Pinner; Part III. Nation, Place and Purpose: 9. Rethinking the songster and national-cosmopolitan identity in Lowland Scotland, c.1787-1830 Andrew Greenwood; 10. The blackface songster in Britain Michael Pickering; 11. Popular songsters and the British military: the case of The Girl I Left Behind Me Anthea Skinner; 12. Australian songsters and the Australian folk song movement Graeme Smith.
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 23rd March 2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4
Weight (kg): 0.69