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The Rise of the Symphonic Poem in Glasgow, 1879–1916: A Documentary History


Forbes, A-M and Monkhouse, H, The Rise of the Symphonic Poem in Glasgow, 1879-1916: A Documentary History, The Symphonic Poem in Britain, 1850-1950, The Boydell Press, M Allis and P Watt (ed), UK, pp. 147-177. ISBN 9781783275281 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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The development of significant cultural infrastructure such as symphony orchestras, and the strategies adopted to underpin musical growth and sustainability represent a complex network of influences and influencers. This chapter considers the case of the Glasgow Choral Union Orchestra, which was founded in the 1870s, forging a more independent identity and national remit as the Scottish Orchestra before the turn of the twentieth century, to reveal the strategies that were employed by conductors and boards of management to attract, educate and retain audiences for orchestral music. Repertoire choice is examined in detail to determine the role of programme music in that agenda, particularly under the three longest serving conductors of the orchestra before World War I: August Manns (1825–1907), Frederic Cowen (1852– 1935) and Emil Młynarski (1870–1935), whose other conducting appointments provided a direct connection to trends in London and Europe and contributed to the lines of influence that brought new repertoire to Glasgow audiences. The period from the appointment of Manns in 1879 to the departure of Młynarski in 1916 also saw a transition from programmatic ‘concert overtures’ and similar works to the establishment of the symphonic poem in Glasgow, and this research aims to reveal key factors that shaped music-making in this formative period.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Glasgow, orchestra history, orchestra music, conductors
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Forbes, A-M (Associate Professor Anne-Marie Forbes)
UTAS Author:Monkhouse, H (Associate Professor Heather Monkhouse)
ID Code:141443
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2020-10-20
Last Modified:2021-05-13

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