An annotated serious variation of twelve lectures via William Sterndale Bennett (1816-75), the main English musician of the mid-Victorian interval, vital of the Royal Academy, and conductor of the Philharmonic Society. introduced on the London establishment and Cambridge collage among 1858 and 1871, they're priceless either as consultant of the Victorian realizing of musical heritage, and for Bennett's astute reviews at the kingdom of song and musical existence on the time. They comprise admonishments to the British govt for failing to provide sufficient monetary aid to the paintings; attention-grabbing and sometimes amazing perspectives on many modern composers; and discourses on his personal reviews as a qualified musician. The lectures are provided with annotations which establish the people, associations and compositions said within the textual content. an intensive creation units the lectures in context and displays on their value to English musical background and to Bennett's own occupation. NICHOLAS TEMPERLEY is Professor of song Emeritus on the college of Illinois.

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