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British Royal and State Funerals - Music and Ceremonial since Elizabeth I


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Introduction: British Royal and State Funerals and their Music Heraldic Heyday: From Elizabeth I to the Duke of Rothes (1603-1681) 'Postscript to an era'?: Charles II and Mary II (1685 and 1694/5) Private Royals and Public Heroes: From William III to the Duke of Marlborough (1702-1722) The 'Concert Funerals': From Queen Caroline to George II (1737-1760) Public Heroes and Private Royals: From Pitt the Elder and Lord Nelson to Queen Adelaide (1778/1806-1849) Apogee and Royal Retreat: From the Duke of Wellington to Prince Albert Victor and William Gladstone (1852-1892/98) Imperial Farewells: From Queen Victoria to Winston Churchill and the Duke of Windsor (1901-1965/72) The Royal Return to the Public: From Lord Mountbatten to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1979-2002) Appendices Bibliography


Range's book, in spite of the emphasis on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, is the most complete study of music in British royal and state funerals available to date and should rightfully earn a place as the seminal study on the topic. The meticulous research, including thorough citations, offers a welcome resource to all. * NOTES, JOURNAL OF THE MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION *
Highly recommended to researchers and students, historians and musicologists, or anyone with a broader interest in the history of the royal family, state, or leading national figures between 1603 and the present day. * FONTES ARTIS MUSICAE *
Should be on the reference shelves of every good academic library because of its detailed factual content. * BRIO *
A wide-ranging exploration of a neglected field of research that contains much valuable information and is impressive in its scope. * EARLY MUSIC *
Presents new and interesting ideas that can support future research. It also offers historians different points of view on traditional fields of study-such as ceremonies-which are not usually explored through music, sounds, or even through silence. * ROYAL STUDIES JOURNAL *
This is a significant scholarly addition to the sparse resources in the area of British royal and state funerals, and also to the music and liturgy of each one. * JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY *
A detailed explanation and examination of royal and state funerals in England. * THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL *
Meticulously researched and impressively detailed. * SOCIAL HISTORY *
An essential work for historians and, of course, musicologists and musicians. * REFERENCE REVIEWS *
[An] excellent new survey. * THE MUSICAL TIMES *
[A] valuable addition to the literature. -- John Wolffe * Journal of British Studies *

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