The Oldest Music Room in Europe: A Record of Eighteenth-Century Enterprise at Oxford John H Mee

ISBN: 9781330329948

Published: September 27th 2015

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The Oldest Music Room in Europe: A Record of Eighteenth-Century Enterprise at Oxford by John H Mee
September 27th 2015 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 300 pages | ISBN: 9781330329948 | 5.13 Mb

The history of the Holywell Music Room at Oxford is the subject of The Oldest Music Room in Europe: A Record of Eighteenth-Century Enterprise at Oxford. The Oxford Music Room happens to be an important venue in the history of music, for it is saidMoreThe history of the Holywell Music Room at Oxford is the subject of The Oldest Music Room in Europe: A Record of Eighteenth-Century Enterprise at Oxford.

The Oxford Music Room happens to be an important venue in the history of music, for it is said to be the oldest room in Europe that was built solely for the purpose of musical performance.The early chapters recount the pieces and performances that were held in the Oxford Music Room, which hosted celebrated composers and performers as well as students and faculty.

The book goes beyond merely reciting who played and what they played- it also tells anecdotes about the musicians, attendees and performances. An example of one such little known fact that readers are sure to enjoy is that one of the early singers was a relative of Benjamin Franklin and later went on to become the first woman accepted as a prima donna at an Italian Opera House.The author also includes the rules that governed the management of the music room.

Management of such an important venue was no simple thing, particularly since it involved the university, travelling musicians and other third parties with substantial egos. A committee was convened to make major decisions, such as scheduling, invitations, transcription of compositions, and payments for musicians. Thhe chapter devoted to the musical library that the Music Room administered is sure to be a favourite with all musicians, and the author lists the various holdings and the number of copies of each one.

He goes on to explain that borrowers frequently failed to return the compositions, resulting in many advertisements in the Oxford Journal exhorting people not to steal the music.Readers who are musically inclined will appreciate the authors tone. In addition to being knowledgeable about music and history, he gets in plenty of pithy jabs, such as Singers and critics were also as tiresome then as they are now. The Oldest Music Room in Europe: A Record of Eighteenth-Century Enterprise at Oxford is an excellent account of an important performance space and the people who made its reputation.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.

Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.



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