By Heather Wiebe

ISBN-10: 0521194679

ISBN-13: 9780521194679

ISBN-10: 1107507820

ISBN-13: 9781107507821

studying the intersections among musical tradition and a British venture of reconstruction from the Nineteen Forties to the early Sixties, this examine asks how gestures towards the previous negotiated problems with restoration and renewal. within the wake of the second one global conflict, tune grew to become a privileged web site for re-enchanting notions of heritage and group, yet musical recourse to the prior additionally raised problems with mourning and loss. How used to be sound figured as a old item and as a locus of reminiscence and magic? Wiebe addresses this query utilizing quite a lot of assets, from making plans records to journalism, public ceremonial and literature. Its critical concentration, besides the fact that, is a suite of works by means of Benjamin Britten that engaged either with the far-off musical previous and with key episodes of postwar reconstruction, together with the pageant of england, the Coronation of Elizabeth II and the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral.

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