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London Voices, 1820-1840: Vocal Performers, Practices, Histories

Roger Parker and Susan Rutherford


Samuel Leigh’s New Picture of London (1839) promised its readers a way of making sense of the English capital at a time when it was, through expansion and diversification, becoming ever more bewildering to its inhabitants. We argue that one important way of coming to terms with the implications of that diversity is to consider London through the medium of voice: the speaking, shouting, singing, preaching, groaning, sighing, even sobbing voices—singly, or in concert, or in imagined representations—that sounded through the city during two tumultuous decades in the first half of the nineteenth ce ... More

Keywords: voice, music, London, opera, street music, choral singing, music publishing, silver fork novel, popular song, improvvisatrice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226670188
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226670218.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Parker, editor
King's College London

Susan Rutherford, editor
University of Manchester