Music

An Edwardian Music Primer

A Twitter follower asked a great question about music in the Edwardian era, which alerted me to this gap on Edwardian Promenade. I’ve blogged a lot about ragtime and a little about the opera and musical theatre of the period, but have yet to draw them together–until now. I’m going try my best to stick …

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Jazz in Jazz Age Britain

Jack Ross (Gary Carr) in Downton Abbey, and the Louis Lester Band (Louis Lester is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) in Dancing on the Edge, both give us a peek at the infiltration of not just jazz music, but black jazz musicians, into British society of the 1920s and 1930s. Though jazz music burst into mainstream …

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What Echoed Through Edwardian Halls

  In terms of music, the Edwardian Era marks the end of the Romantic era, and the start of the Modern era. People were dancing ragtime and all those scandalous dances, but what were they listening to? What would an orchestra play, or a solo musician? What would a proper lady play when she had …

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