This book is not intended as an academic survey but as a summary for the student or others who are interest in the subject. It begins with how a composer works and how a performer relates to and interprets music. The book covers earliest recorded beginnings, and moves through changing scenes of history to the present.
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Included is information on Britain’s folk culture, instrumental development, the printing revolution, the age of the Tudors, puritan England, Charles II’s restoration, the advent of Handel, the arrival of the pianoforte, the influx of foreign musicians, the printing of music scores, and the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
The title of the book is from a song, words by John Dryden and Nathaniel Lee, set to music by Henry Purcell, one of England’s most prolific 17th century composers. “Music for a while shall all your cares beguile”.
Author June Pepin lives in Alston, Cumbria. Her musical history includes the Royal Academy of Music, working as a composer, playing in a piano duo, broadcasting with the BBC, and creating CDs with her company Charlemagne Music.
Music for a While