History Of Music In Britain Cultural Studies Essay

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Colin Mason in "Music in Britain" says that "music has to be practiced both with love and understanding" and reminding what Anthony Milner in "Musical Times" said "it is much more than merely sound and brilliant scholarship; it reveals a passionate love for the music it discusses and communicates it to the reader".

The history of American music lies in the very first centuries; 3000 B.C. and 1st century A.D. The 1st and 8th century music was spiritual and the one that was listened by aristocratic classes and in palaces, which is secular. Spiritual music evolved rapidly, due to the advances of Christianity in America. The ecclesiastical giants of the 5th century were St. Sahag and St. Mesrob. Jewish psalms and liturgical poetry were adopted by the American Church. American music in the first century of colonization is actually the history of New England, they were the ones to bring choirs, musical notation, a number of West African slaves worship music - psalmody, sung in religious meetings, at home. What constituted the basis of the earliest American musical culture was the publishing of a number of English psalters by the time of American colonization.

United Kingdom has been a greater operator and source of musical novelty in the modern and contemporary eras through the whole of its history, its cultural background being dragged out from the United Kingdom's history, church music, Western culture and from the early and popular folk music and instrumentation of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The first music instruction books in America were created by the Puritans and also the first American school of composers. The first group of native-born American composers arose out of the singing school, that is the New England "Yankee tunesmiths". William Billings (1746- 1800) was the first major figure among the New England school. There were other New England composers who emulated Billing's popularity in the late eighteenth century, but their music was said to be "crude, unlearned, unscientific, compared to that of such masters as Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven." (A. N. J. Den Hollander and Sigmund Skard 296).

In the British music the head figure of the eighteenth century was a genuine Briton, George Friedrich Handel (1685- 1759), who portrayed a defining role in the music of the British Isles, first visited England in 1710, though was born in Germany, after which he settled in England and eventually became a legitimate citizen.

Secular Music

Including sacred and secular music and lining from the popular to the greatest, music in the British Isles was a divergent and ample culture starting with the earliest chronicled times until the Baroque and the rise of distinguishable modern classical music.

Cities like Boston, Newport, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Charleston were imitating British musical life. America composed English ballad operas from 1735; the earliest known American secular song being registered in 1759: by the Philadelphian Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791), "My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free". "Perhaps even more influential in shaping America's music in the last decades of the eighteenth century were immigrant professional musicians and composers, most of them arrivals from England, though a number were born in Germany, France, or Bohemia." (A. N. J. Den Hollander and Sigmund Skard 297)

1820-1920 and after 1920

The first half of the nineteenth century in America had been dominated by the romantic movement. Louis Moreau Gottschalk was the most acclaimed composer and performer of America and also Anton Philip Heinrich who introduced the symphonies of Beethoven to the New World. Music was also introduced into the public school system in America by Lowell Mason. Composers of the latter half of the nineteenth century provided a place for American music into the area of western civilization's concert culture.

…various kinds of music of a more popular less pretentious stamp, music less self- consciously derived from Europe and more deeply rooted in American democratic culture. Such music included folk and gospel hymnody both white and Negro, minstrel show songs and instrumental pieces, marches, operettas, and dance music of various sorts, including ragtime and early jazz. (A. N. J. Den Hollander and Sigmund Skard 300)

In the course of the eighteenth century, musical creation, training and performance in the United Kingdom witnessed a grand expansion and inherited classical traditions of Europe. The best top example of the Romantic thrill in Britain is William Blake, the painter and poet who said "I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's'. Northern Ireland's classical music has generated remarkable composers of the early Romantic era such as Thomas Moore and  Turlough O'HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turlough_Ó_Carolan"Carolan.

What contributed to the evolution of the English terminology opera at the importance of the Baroque in the eighteenth century were representative forms of music in the Renaissance age, numbering polyphonic votive antiphons, Celtic chant, the rota, the Contenance Angloise, lute ayres and the masques, the carol in the medieval age and English madrigals, cultivated by the musicians from the British Isles.

Supporting evident national identities within the countries in the United Kingdom near the end of the nineteenth century, romantic nationalism originated several composers and musicians of note and deriving of the folk tradition. Along with the cultural strands derived from the United Kingdom's constituent nation and provinces, these traditions have continued to develop in proper ways throughout the work of composers like Benjamin Britten, Hubert Parry, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Edward Elgar and Arthur Sullivan.

Once with the rise of numerous composers who manifested new trends in western music, had a greater interest in folk music and in the novel approach of French impressionism, and with the accomplishment of Charles Ives - America's most remarkably individualistic composer - the course 1820-1920 in American art music concluded.

The 1920s - 1945

"The Roaring Twenties", as this era was known dealt with young composers who confronted with new ideas and materials, new techniques to coordinate recommended sounds by the European directors of the New music (Stravinsky, Schoenberg, the Futurists) and by the new American "urban folk music" of jazz.

Close to the early twentieth century turned into an important centre of folk music worldwide as well as polish and Ukrainian fiddling, polka and diverse type of Latin music. The Thirteen Colonies settled during 1607 and 1733 by Great Britain and the United Kingdom on the Atlantic Coast of the original United States, and the Anglo culture developed into a significant foundation of American popular and folk music. Numerous folk song of America are similar to the British ones though with new lyrics.

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have their own contrasting folk music forms. Folk music blossomed until the era of industrialization after which contemporary forms of popular music such as music hall and brass bands started taking its place. This headed to two folk revivals, first one in the late-19th century and the second one in the mid-20th century, fact that preserved folk music as a notable sub-culture in the society.

In Ireland the prestige of popular instruments like fiddles has continued during the centuries. Probably the most renowned modern musician persuaded by the folk tradition is Van Morrison. Ballads and laments are part of the folk music of Scotland played by a solo artist with back-up bagpipes, harps or fiddles. The celebrities of the 1960s revival from Scotland and other regions near United Kingdom were Cathy-Ann McPhee and Jeannie Robertson.

Folk music in Wales is sung in communal dances and music festivals. In the twentieth century the Welsh musicians had to reproduce their traditional music when the revival started, because they had been under English culture for a long time. The preservation and repetition of the traditions of folk music in England directed to the formation of various combinations with other forms of music which led to the creation of another genres such as punk, electric and metal folk and keeps on flourishing on regional and national scenes, especially in regions like Northumbria and Cornwall.

In the 1920s there were essential increases in what concerns popular music. The most considerable American music of the 1920s was jazz music. The most famous composer of the United States is George Gershwin whose creation was shaped by influences from jazz