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By Christina Bashford

This monograph investigates the promoting and intake of excessive musical tradition between leisured society in Victorian London, by means of concentrating on the actions of the live performance supervisor John Ella and his Musical Union (1845-81), an eminent, long-lived establishment for chamber track, a lot fêted throughout Europe in its day. It combines a biography of Ella with a social-economic historical past of the Musical Union, its avid gamers, repertoire and audiences, and units them opposed to the steadily transferring contexts for London live shows, chamber tune and cultural lifestyles. Ella's remarkable lifestyles tale, which started in provincial, artisan-class obscurity and resulted in the higher echelons of London society, shapes the narrative. Such topics as entrepreneurship, live performance administration, style shaping, tune appreciation and elite social networks are mentioned all through, as is the curious interaction among the will to 'sacralize' chamber track, particularly Beethoven's, at the one hand, and the necessity to live on amid the expanding advertisement imperatives of London live performance existence at the different.

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