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The BBC and Ultra-Modern Music, 1922-1936 : Shaping a Nation's Tastes - Jennifer Doctor

The BBC and Ultra-Modern Music, 1922-1936

Shaping a Nation's Tastes

Hardcover Published: 7th August 2012
ISBN: 9780521661171
Number Of Pages: 524

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This book examines the BBC's campaign to raise cultural awareness of British mass audiences in the early days of radio. As a specific case, it focuses on policies and plans behind transmissions of music by composers associated with Arnold Schoenberg's circle between 1922, when the BBC was founded, and spring 1936, when Edward Clark, a former Schoenberg pupil and central figure in BBC music, resigned from the Corporation. This study traces and analyses the BBC's attempts to manipulate critical and public responses to this repertory. The book investigates three interrelated aspects of early BBC history. Policy decisions relating to contemporary music transmissions are examined to determine why precious broadcast time was devoted to this repertory. Early personnel structures are reconstructed to investigate the responsibilities, attitudes and interests of those who influenced music broadcasting. Finally, broadcasts of Second Viennese School works are examined in detail.

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'Crammed with ... source material out of the BBC's capacious archives, this book offers a major contribution to the history of music in 20th-century Britain.' BBC Music Magazine '... [It] not only provides an indispensable addition to existing publications but fills a lacuna in British music history of the twentieth-century. This study will remain a valuable source for scholarly enquiry for many years to come.' Tempo 'It is the most compulsively un-put-downable book I have read for a very long time.' Gramophone

List of tables
List of abbreviations
The Emergence of BBC Music Programmes
The British music industry and the BBC between the wars
BBC personnel, policies and programmes in the 1920s
The Pitt Years, 1922-1929
The foundations of music programming, 1922-1926
The music programmes take shape, 1926-1927
The first wave of Second Viennese School broadcasts, 1927-1928
Refining the music programmes, 1928-1929
Pitt's final season, 1929-1930
The Early Boult Years, 1930-1936
Boult's initial seasons, 1930-1931, 1931-1932
Transition to the new rTgime, 1932-1933, 1933-1934
Policies and politics, 1934-1935, 1935-1936
Clark's legacy
Selected bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521661171
ISBN-10: 052166117X
Series: Music in the Twentieth Century
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 524
Published: 7th August 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 1.03