The Incomparable Hester Santlow

The Incomparable Hester Santlow
Author: Moira Goff
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781351887809
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Release: 2017-03-02
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the first full-length study of the English dancer-actress Hester Santlow, Moira Goff focuses on her unusual career at Drury Lane between 1706 and 1733. Goff charts Santlow's repertoire and makes extensive use of archival resources to investigate both her dancing and acting skills. Santlow made a unique contribution to the development of dance on the London stage, through her dancing roles in dance dramas by John Weaver and pantomimes by John Thurmond and Roger, as well as the virtuoso dances created for her by Mr. Isaac and Anthony L'Abbé. Goff examines Santlow's fascinating personal life, including her relationships with the politician James Craggs the Younger and the Drury Lane actor-manager Barton Booth. Santlow was unusual in making the transition from successful dancer-actress to independent and respectable widow. Goff also traces her life after retirement as her daughter's family rose from the gentry towards the aristocracy. This book will be of interest to dance and theatre historians, to women's studies scholars, and to all who are engaged with ongoing debates on the lives and careers of women on the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century stage.

Women s Work

Women   s Work
Author: Lynn Brooks
Pages: 288
ISBN: 029922533X
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Release: 2008-01-05
Editor: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Like the history of women, dance has been difficult to capture as a historical subject. Yet in bringing together these two areas of study, the nine internationally renowned scholars in this volume shed new and surprising light on women’s roles as performers of dance, choreographers, shapers of aesthetic trends, and patrons of dance in Italy, France, England, and Germany before 1800. Through dance, women asserted power in spheres largely dominated by men: the court, the theater, and the church. As women’s dance worlds intersected with men’s, their lives and visions were supported or opposed, creating a complex politics of creative, spiritual, and political expression. From a women’s religious order in the thirteenth-century Low Countries that used dance as a spiritual rite of passage to the salon culture of eighteenth-century France where dance became an integral part of women’s cultural influence, the writers in this volume explore the meaning of these women’s stories, performances, and dancing bodies, demonstrating that dance is truly a field across which women have moved with finesse and power for many centuries past.

Prologues and Epilogues of Restoration Theater

Prologues and Epilogues of Restoration Theater
Author: Diana Solomon
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9781611494235
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Release: 2013-04-11
Editor: University of Delaware
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book provides a taxonomy of prologues and epilogues with a corresponding appendix, and demonstrates through case studies of Anne Bracegirdle and Anne Oldfield how the study of prologues and epilogues enriches Restoration theater scholarship.

Martin Folkes 1690 1754

Martin Folkes  1690 1754
Author: Anna Marie Roos
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780198830061
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Release: 2021-04
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Martin Folkes (1690-1754): Newtonian, Antiquary, Connoisseur is a cultural and intellectual biography of the only President of both the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries. Sir Isaac Newton's prot�g�, astronomer, mathematician, freemason, art connoisseur, Voltaire's friend and Hogarth's patron, his was an intellectually vibrant world. Folkes was possibly the best-connected natural philosopher and antiquary of his age, an epitome of Enlightenment sociability, and yet he was a surprisingly neglected figure, the long shadow of Newton eclipsing his brilliant disciple. A complex figure, Folkes edited Newton's posthumous works in biblical chronology, yet was a religious skeptic and one of the first members of the gentry to marry an actress. His interests were multidisciplinary, from his authorship of the first complete history of the English coinage, to works concerning ancient architecture, statistical probability, and astronomy. Rich archival material, including Folkes's travel diary, correspondence, and his library and art collections permit reconstruction through Folkes's eyes of what it was like to be a collector and patron, a Masonic freethinker, and antiquarian and virtuoso in the days before 'science' became sub-specialised. Folkes's virtuosic sensibility and possible role in the unification of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society tells against the historiographical assumption that this was the age in which the 'two cultures' of the humanities and sciences split apart, never to be reunited. In Georgian England, antiquarianism and 'science' were considered largely part of the same endeavour.

Music and the Benefit Performance in Eighteenth Century Britain

Music and the Benefit Performance in Eighteenth Century Britain
Author: Matthew Gardner,Alison DeSimone
Pages: 290
ISBN: 9781108492935
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Release: 2019-12-31
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Reveals how the musical benefit allowed musicians, composers, and audiences to engage in new professional, financial, and artistic contexts.

Writing the Lives of Painters

Writing the Lives of Painters
Author: Karen Junod
Pages: 258
ISBN: 9780199597000
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Release: 2011-01-27
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Writing the Lives of Painters focuses on the development of artists' biographies in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain. The development of the art market and the burgeoning of an exhibition culture, as well as the foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768, all contributed to redefining the rank of artists in society. Contemporary artists were discussed in a wide range of literary forms such as exhibition reviews, art-criticalpamphlets, and journalistic gossip-columns, and biographies. This book is an account of a new literary genre, tracing its emergence in the cultural context of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It maintains that the proliferation of a myriad biographical forms mirrored the privileging of artisticoriginality and difference within an art world that had yet to generate a coherent 'British School' of painting, and examines how and why the art historiographic model established by Georgio Vasari was gradually dismantled in the hands of British biographers during the Romantic period.

Dance in Handel s London Operas

Dance in Handel s London Operas
Author: Sarah Yuill McCleave
Pages: 266
ISBN: 9781580464208
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Release: 2013
Editor: University Rochester Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Examines the pivotal role of dance in the Italian operas of Handel, perhaps the greatest opera composer between Monteverdi and Mozart.

Music and Musicians on the London Stage 1695 1705

Music and Musicians on the London Stage  1695 1705
Author: Kathryn Lowerre
Pages: 428
ISBN: 9781351557627
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Release: 2017-07-05
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From 1695 to 1705, rival London theater companies based at Drury Lane and Lincoln's Inn Fields each mounted more than a hundred new productions while reviving stock plays by authors such as Shakespeare and Dryden. All included music. Kathryn Lowerre charts the interactions of the two companies from a musical perspective, emphasizing each company's new productions and their respective musical assets, including performers, composers, and musical materials. Lowerre also provides rich analysis of the relationship of music to genres including comedy, dramatick opera, and musical tragedy, and explores the migration of music from theater to theater, performer to performer, and from stage to street and back again. As Lowerre persuasively demonstrates, during this period, all theater was musical theater.

Women Popular Culture and the Eighteenth Century

Women  Popular Culture  and the Eighteenth Century
Author: Tiffany Potter
Pages: 321
ISBN: 9781442641815
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Release: 2012
Editor: University of Toronto Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Top scholars in eighteenth-century studies examine the significance of the parallel devaluations of women's culture and popular culture by looking at theatres and actresses; novels, magazines, and cookbooks; and populist politics, dress, and portraiture.

The Quest for Cardenio

The Quest for Cardenio
Author: David Carnegie,Gary Taylor
Pages: 420
ISBN: 9780199641819
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Release: 2012-09-06
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bringing together leading scholars, critics, and theatre practitioners, this collection of essays is devoted to 'The History of Cardenio', a play based on Don Quixote and said to have been written by Shakespeare and the young man who was taking his place, John Fletcher.

Music and Musicians on the London Stage 1695 705

 Music and Musicians on the London Stage  1695 705
Author: Kathryn Lowerre
Pages: 428
ISBN: 9781351557610
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Release: 2017-07-05
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From 1695 to 1705, rival London theater companies based at Drury Lane and Lincoln's Inn Fields each mounted more than a hundred new productions while reviving stock plays by authors such as Shakespeare and Dryden. All included music. Kathryn Lowerre charts the interactions of the two companies from a musical perspective, emphasizing each company's new productions and their respective musical assets, including performers, composers, and musical materials. Lowerre also provides rich analysis of the relationship of music to genres including comedy, dramatick opera, and musical tragedy, and explores the migration of music from theater to theater, performer to performer, and from stage to street and back again. As Lowerre persuasively demonstrates, during this period, all theater was musical theater.

The General in Winter

The General in Winter
Author: Frances Harris
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780198802440
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Release: 2017-07-06
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The glories of the Age of Anne"--the union of England and Scotland to form "this island of Britain," and its establishment as a European and a global power--were the achievements of two men above all: Queen Anne's captain-general, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, and her Lord Treasurer, Sidney, first Earl of Godolphin, of whom it was said that each "was the greatest of his kind that hardly any age has afforded." Their partnership not only embodied the emerging military-fiscal state; it was also a close and lifelong friendship which fully encompassed Marlborough's beautiful and tempestuous wife Sarah. Tracing the partnership as it proved itself in a succession of victorious summer campaigns in the field and bitterly contested "winter campaigns" at court and in parliament connects and illuminates aspects of a complex period which are often studied in isolation. But was the partnership in the end too successful, too self-contained, too mutually supportive; a dangerous concentration of power and a threat to the queen and the constitution? "'Rebellion and blood" were always undercurrents of the glories of the last Stuart reign. A troubled dynasty would come to an end with Queen Anne's life and a contested succession depended on the outcome of the European war that occupied almost the whole of her reign. This is a story of operatic intensity: of sovereignty and ambition, glory and defeat, but, above all, of love and friendship proved in the hardest use. Its intense human interest and audible voices illuminate a conflicted period which helped to determine the course of modern world.

The Lively Arts of the London Stage 1675 1725

The Lively Arts of the London Stage  1675   1725
Author: Kathryn Lowerre
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9781351886512
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Release: 2016-12-05
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Unlike collections of essays which focus on a single century or whose authors are drawn from a single discipline, this collection reflects the myriad performance options available to London audiences, offering readers a composite portrait of the music, drama, and dance productions that characterized this rich period. Just as the performing arts were deeply interrelated, the essays presented here, by scholars from a range of fields, engage in dialogue with others in the volume. The opening section examines a famous series of 1701 performances based on the competition between composers to set William Congreve's masque The Judgment of Paris to music. The essays in the central section (the 'mainpiece') showcase performers and productions on the London stage from a variety of perspectives, including English 'tastes' in art and music, the use of dance, the depiction of madness and masculinity in both spoken and musical performances, and genres and modes in the context of contemporary criticism and theatrical practice. A brief afterpiece looks at comic pieces in relation to satire, parody and homage. By bringing together work by scholars of music, dance, and drama, this cross-disciplinary collection illuminates the interconnecting strands that shaped a vibrant theatrical world.

Famed for Dance Essays on the Theory and Practice of Theatrical Dancing in England 1660 1740

Famed for Dance  Essays on the Theory and Practice of Theatrical Dancing in England  1660 1740
Author: Ifan Kyrle Fletcher,Selma Jeanne Cohen,Roger H. Lonsdale
Pages: 64
ISBN: UOM:39015018118383
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Release: 1960
Editor: New York : New York Public Library
Language: en

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Thomas Betterton

Thomas Betterton
Author: David Roberts
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781107310513
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Release: 2010-06-17
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Restoration London's leading actor and theatre manager Thomas Betterton has not been the subject of a biography since 1891. He worked with all the best-known playwrights of his age and with the first generation of English actresses; he was intimately involved in the theatre's responses to politics, and became a friend of leading literary men such as Pope and Steele. His innovations in scenery and company management, and his association with the dramatic inheritance of Shakespeare, helped to change the culture of English theatre. David Roberts's entertaining study unearths new documents and draws fresh conclusions about this major but shadowy figure. It contextualizes key performances and examines Betterton's relationship to patrons, colleagues and family, as well as to significant historical moments and artefacts. The most substantial study available of any seventeenth-century actor, Thomas Betterton gives one of England's greatest performing artists his due on the tercentenary of his death.

The Sentimental Theater of the French Revolution

The Sentimental Theater of the French Revolution
Author: Cecilia Feilla
Pages: 274
ISBN: 9781317016298
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Release: 2016-03-03
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Smoothly blending performance theory, literary analysis, and historical insights, Cecilia Feilla explores the mutually dependent discourses of feeling and politics and their impact on the theatre and theatre audiences during the French Revolution. Remarkably, the most frequently performed and popular plays from 1789 to 1799 were not the political action pieces that have been the subject of much literary and historical criticism, but rather sentimental dramas and comedies, many of which originated on the stages of the Old Regime. Feilla suggests that theatre provided an important bridge from affective communities of sentimentality to active political communities of the nation, arguing that the performance of virtue on stage served to foster the passage from private emotion to public virtue and allowed groups such as women, children, and the poor who were excluded from direct political participation to imagine a new and inclusive social and political structure. Providing close readings of texts by, among others, Denis Diderot, Collot d'Herbois, and Voltaire, Feilla maps the ways in which continuities and innovations in the theatre from 1760 to 1800 set the stage for the nineteenth century. Her book revitalizes and enriches our understanding of the significance of sentimental drama, showing that it was central to the way that drama both shaped and was shaped by political culture.

The Oxford Handbook of the Baroque

The Oxford Handbook of the Baroque
Author: John D. Lyons
Pages: 912
ISBN: 9780190678449
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Release: 2019
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This handbook is currently in development, with individual articles publishing online in advance of print publication. At this time, we cannot add information about unpublished articles in this handbook, however the table of contents will continue to grow as additional articles pass through the review process and are added to the site. Please note that the online publication date for this handbook is the date that the first article in the title was published online.

Women Writing Music in Late Eighteenth Century England

Women Writing Music in Late Eighteenth Century England
Author: Leslie Ritchie
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9781351536615
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Release: 2017-07-05
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Combining new musicology trends, formal musical analysis, and literary feminist recovery work, Leslie Ritchie examines rare poetic, didactic, fictional, and musical texts written by women in late eighteenth-century Britain. She finds instances of and resistance to contemporary perceptions of music as a form of social control in works by Maria Barth?mon, Harriett Abrams, Mary Worgan, Susanna Rowson, Hannah Cowley, and Amelia Opie, among others. Relating women's musical compositions and writings about music to theories of music's function in the formation of female subjectivities during the latter half of the eighteenth century, Ritchie draws on the work of cultural theorists and cultural historians, as well as feminist scholars who have explored the connection between femininity and performance. Whether crafting works consonant with societal ideals of charitable, natural, and national order, or re-imagining their participation in these musical aids to social harmony, women contributed significantly to the formation of British cultural identity. Ritchie's interdisciplinary book will interest scholars working in a range of fields, including gender studies, musicology, eighteenth-century British literature, and cultural studies.

Dance and Drama in French Baroque Opera

Dance and Drama in French Baroque Opera
Author: Rebecca Harris-Warrick
Pages: 534
ISBN: 9781107137899
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Release: 2016-10-31
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Examining the evolving practices in music, librettos, choreographed dance, and staging throughout the history of French Baroque opera.

Restoration Plays and Players

Restoration Plays and Players
Author: David Roberts
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9781107027831
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Release: 2014-10-30
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An accessible and engaging introduction to Restoration drama, this book looks at the texts, performances, playhouses and people of seventeenth-century theatre.