Of Programs and Prima Donnas: Investigating British Music with the Musical Festivals Database

Title:
Of Programs and Prima Donnas: Investigating British Music with the Musical Festivals Database
Authors:
McGuire, Charles Edward
Abstract:
This essay introduces the digital humanities tool, the Musical Festival Database (MFD, www.musicalfestivals.org). The MFD is a fully-searchable, relational database that aims to help students and scholars investigate the performing personnel and musical repertoire for musical festivals held in Britain between 1695 and 1940. Using three case studies, the essay demonstrates possible applications of the data already present in the MFD from festivals held between 1784 and 1834: an investigation of whether or not a repertoire designation-the "Westminster Abbey Selections"-meant a specific group of compositions or a philosophical programming choice at festivals; illumining how a festival concert as planned and as executed might differ in terms of performers and repertoire; and tracing how and why the repertoire of a particular soprano, Angelica Catalani, changed over the course of eighteen years of singing at British festivals. Such case studies, and many others made possible by the MFD, can reveal a great deal about both the mechanics and social history of British music.
Citation:
McGuire, Charles Edward. 2017. "Of Programs and Prima Donnas: Investigating British Music with the Musical Festivals Database." Notes 73(3): 432-472.
Publisher:
Music Library Association
DATE ISSUED:
2017-03
Department:
Musicology; Music History
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1353/not.2017.0001
Additional Links:
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/647924
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/620522

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dc.contributor.authorMcGuire, Charles Edwarden
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-15T13:30:55Z-
dc.date.available2017-09-15T13:30:55Z-
dc.date.issued2017-03-
dc.identifier.citationMcGuire, Charles Edward. 2017. "Of Programs and Prima Donnas: Investigating British Music with the Musical Festivals Database." Notes 73(3): 432-472.en
dc.identifier.issn1534-150X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/620522-
dc.description.abstractThis essay introduces the digital humanities tool, the Musical Festival Database (MFD, www.musicalfestivals.org). The MFD is a fully-searchable, relational database that aims to help students and scholars investigate the performing personnel and musical repertoire for musical festivals held in Britain between 1695 and 1940. Using three case studies, the essay demonstrates possible applications of the data already present in the MFD from festivals held between 1784 and 1834: an investigation of whether or not a repertoire designation-the "Westminster Abbey Selections"-meant a specific group of compositions or a philosophical programming choice at festivals; illumining how a festival concert as planned and as executed might differ in terms of performers and repertoire; and tracing how and why the repertoire of a particular soprano, Angelica Catalani, changed over the course of eighteen years of singing at British festivals. Such case studies, and many others made possible by the MFD, can reveal a great deal about both the mechanics and social history of British music.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherMusic Library Associationen
dc.identifier.doi10.1353/not.2017.0001-
dc.relation.urlhttps://muse.jhu.edu/article/647924en
dc.subject.departmentMusicologyen_US
dc.subject.departmentMusic Historyen_US
dc.titleOf Programs and Prima Donnas: Investigating British Music with the Musical Festivals Databaseen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalNotesen
dc.identifier.volume73en_US
dc.identifier.issue3en_US
dc.identifier.startpage432en_US
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Notesen
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