During the nineteenth century, London was a city filled with musical opportunities for people from every social class. Composers and performers had many opportunities to get their name out to the public and earn fame. Music was everywhere the typical Londoner went: music halls, saloons, gentlemen’s clubs, coffee houses, outdoors, and the home, and cannot be defined specifically as one entity because of this variety. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss what was going on in several of these venues, including the music hall, outdoors, and in popular clubs. These were areas where a variety of musical activities took place. Focus will be placed on the types of music performed in these venues and key players to these scenes. As we will find out, these places, the people visiting them, and the types of music performed and heard were all intimately linked together, creating a complex musical world, one in which the British thrived.
Allison Chenoweth, ’02 Ottumwa, IA
Majors: Anthropology and Music
Sponsor: Jama Stilwell