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Music and Image : Domesticity, Ideology and Socio-cultural Formation in Eighteenth-Century England - Richard Leppert

Music and Image

Domesticity, Ideology and Socio-cultural Formation in Eighteenth-Century England

Paperback Published: 23rd August 1993
ISBN: 9780521448543
Number Of Pages: 268

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This innovative study examines the place and practice of musical life in eighteenth-century England among the upper classes. Focusing on the home, it shows how domestic music-making was shaped by socio-cultural forces while itself contributing to socio-cultural formation. The evidence examined is extremely broad, but particular attention is given to visual representations of music in paintings, drawings and prints: one hundred illustrations are discussed. The author considers in detail the problematics of imagery itself, analysing both the ideological and the semiotic content of the visual image. Other material analysed includes the music of the period, instruction manuals, tracts on education, courtesy and conduct books, sermons, letters, diaries and memoirs, fictional writing and journalism.

'Refreshingly original ... Leppert's work is distinguished not only for its originality, but for its establishment of an important and unchallengable place for music in comparative studies ... will prove at least as valuable for art historians as for sociomusicologists.' The Musical Quarterly

Introduction: music visualised
Music, socio-politics, ideologies of male sexuality and power
Music, sexism and female domesticity
Music education as social praxis
Music and the body: dance, power, submission
The male at music: praxis, representation and the problem of identity
The female at music: praxis, representation and the problematic of identity
Music in domestic space: domination, compensation, and the family
Epilogue: the social and ideological relation of musics to privatised space
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ISBN: 9780521448543
ISBN-10: 0521448549
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 23rd August 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.23 x 17.09  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.53

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