Light Music in Britain since 1870: A Survey by Geoffrey Self

By Geoffrey Self

in lots of methods the historical past of British gentle track knits jointly the social and financial historical past of the rustic with that of its common musical historical past. quite a few 'serious' composers from Elgar to Britten composed gentle track, and the style tailored itself to include the altering models heralded via the increase and fall of song corridor, the drawing room ballad, ragtime, jazz and the revue. From the Fifties the recording and broadcasting industries supplied a brand new domestic for mild track as an accompaniment to radio programmes and flicks. Geoffrey Self deftly handles a wealth of data to demonstrate the enormous position that gentle track has performed in British tradition during the last one hundred thirty years. His insightful tests of the easiest and the main shameful examples of the style aid to pinpoint its enduring traits; characteristics which allow it to take care of a presence within the face of modern domination by way of advertisement well known music.

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