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Fashionable Acts: Opera and Elite Culture in London, 1780-1880
In a brilliant reassessment of British aristocratic culture, Hall-Witt demonstrates how the transformation of audience behavior at London's Italian opera - from the sociable, interactive spectatorship of the 1780s to the quiet, polite listening of the 1870s - served as a sensitive barometer of the aristocracy's changing authority. She explores how the opera participated in ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by University Press of New England
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I've been getting interested of late in the history of music performance etiquette (e.g., general formality vs. informality; complete piece vs. individual mvt; audience activities like talking, eating, or playing cards; concert length; performer-audience interaction). The historical trajectory of formal to informal in classical music is not as demonstrable as most assume. This book looks like it could be related.
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