Three Hundred Years of Composers' Instruments
The Cobbe Collection
This catalogue of the Cobbe Collection of keyboard instruments at Hatchlands Park comprises detailed descriptions, technical information and photographs of over 40 instruments, ranging in date from Charles II’s virginals (1664) to an organ by JW Walker of London (1903) and includes instruments that belonged to, among others, Bach, Haydn, Chopin and Elgar.
The South Sea Bubble and Ireland
Money, Banking and Investment, 1960-1721
When the South Sea bubble burst in September 1720, its repercussions were felt far beyond the City of London. This study examines the South Sea investments and the consequences of their rise and fall in the peripheral financial centres of Ireland.
Medieval Dress and Textiles in Britain
A Multilingual Sourcebook
Dress in the Middle Ages was an identifier of status, wealth, occupation, gender and ethnicity, and fashions in dress caused controversy and complaint: ‘Do not fashion your clothing in a new-fangled way’, wrote Robert Brunne in Handlyng Synne (1303). This volume of manuscript sources, transcribed and translated from Old and Middle English, Latin and Anglo-Norman French, illuminates these subjects through readings from wills, accounts, inventories, moral and satirical works, sumptuary regulations and epics and romances.
Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England
Investigating how capital and corporal punishments developed and operated in English society between c.600 and 1150, the ten essays in this volume draw on legal, literary, historiographical, philological and archaeological evidence to explore topics including amputations, mutilation and spectacle, and incarceration.
Representing War and Violence
From crusade and conquest to self-mortification, violence took many forms in the Middle Ages. In nine essays, this multi-disciplinary volume explores how violence and conflict were represented and narrated in medieval and early modern works ranging from the Alliterative Morte Arthure to Tudor narratives of the fall of Calais in 1558.
The Church of England and the Home Front 1914–1918
Civilians, Soldiers and Religion in Wartime Colchester
An historian and parish priest, Dr Robert Beaken gives a detailed account of the impact of the First World War on life in the ancient garrison town of Colchester, focusing on the parish churches and their response to the challenges of wartime.
The Thorney Liber Vitae
London, British Library, Additional MS 40,000, fols 1-12r
Lynda Rollaston presents the first full scholarly edition, with a facsimile and studies, of the Thorney text (London, British Library, Additional MS 40,000 fols 1–12r), one of only three Liber Vitae surviving from medieval England. No jacket.
Richard Wagner's Beethoven (1870)
Written to mark Beethoven’s centenary, this long essay forms the principal aesthetic statement of Wagner’s later years and influenced the young Nietzsche. Allen’s new English translation faces the German original; his introduction places the essay within its historical, political and philosophical contexts.
Puritanism and the Pursuit of Happiness
The Ministry and Theology of Ralph Venning, c.1621–1674
Against the familiar view of puritans as killjoys, this study reveals a neglected strand of puritan theology in the writings and pastoral work of Ralph Venning, an Independent divine who emphasized the importance of inner happiness and personal piety.
Observations on Modern Gardening
An Eighteenth-Century Study of the English Landscape Garden
First published in 1770, Thomas Whately’s comprehensive study of the English landscape garden became the standard text on the subject both in Britain and abroad. This first modern edition is accompanied by an introduction and commentary, alongside contemporary illustrations of the gardens and places discussed. It makes available to the modern reader a crucial primary source on what is often regarded as this country’s greatest original contribution to the arts.
A New History of Yachting
A few English aristocrats had pleasure yachts from as early as the mid 17th century and the hobby grew considerably in the following centuries, despite remaining the preserve of the wealthy. This history charts the evolution of yachting through the golden age before the First World War and into the era of affordable dinghies, plastic moulded hulls, and the record-breaking voyages of single-handed ocean sailors in recent decades.
Masques, Mayings and Music-Dramas
Vaughan Williams and the Early Twentieth-Century Stage
These eight essays elucidate a significant moment in the renaissance of English music-theatre. Focusing particularly on Vaughan Williams, they show how Wagner’s ideas influenced English composers who were reimagining dramatic traditions going back to Mummers’ plays, 17th-century masques and the music of Purcell.
Informal Justice in England and Wales, 1760–1914
The Courts of Popular Opinion
Examining ‘unofficial justice as visited upon malefactors by the collective actions of private citizens’, Stephen Banks gives a scholarly account of public shaming rituals, or ‘rough music’, and the punishments imposed for crimes such as wife-beating or informing.
Containing 450 letters (in English translation), this volume sheds light on the life and work of the important Viennese music theorist. His communications with such figures as Wilhelm Furtwängler and Paul Hindemith reveal the nature and extent of his influence as teacher, writer and administrator.
One of the first internationally famous conductors, Richter (1843–1916) premiered works by Wagner, Brahms and Elgar. Fifield’s detailed biography draws on the letters and diaries of Richter and other prominent musicians; this expanded edition also features his complete ‘conducting books’ documenting 4,351 public performances. (Previously published as True Artist and True Friend.)
Encounters with British Composers
This collection of interviews provides insights into the daily routines and compositional processes of 39 contemporary British composers, including John Rutter, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and two Masters of the Queen’s Music (Judith Weir and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies). These eminent musicians, who work in a wide range of styles, also answer questions about the function and purpose of music, discuss the influence of Britishness on their work and share their advice for young composers.
Edward III's Round Table at Windsor
The House of the Round Table and the Windsor Festival of 1344
In 1344 Edward III proposed forming a secular order of knights, the Order of the Round Table, and building a home for its gatherings. This book describes the archaeological evidence for that fabled Domus Rotunde Tabulae, unearthed by the BBC’s Time Team in 2006.
Education in Twelfth-Century Art and Architecture
Images of Learning in Europe, c.1100–1220
From the middle of the twelfth century, the seven liberal arts of medieval education – grammar, rhetoric, dialectic, music, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy – appeared in allegorical personifications on church facades. In this study, Cleaver explores the relationship between the ideas of the patrons and the practical knowledge of the sculptors of these images, addressing questions of iconography, function, audience and patronage.
The Crafty Art of Opera
For Those Who Make It, Love It or Hate It
Acclaimed director Michael Hampe presents ‘useful rules’ for staging opera, giving examples from his work with singers and conductors. He discusses such questions as how to move on stage and how to convey comedy, aiming to help performers realize the art form’s full potential.