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Nicholas Temperley documents the lives, careers, and music of three British composers who emigrated from England in mid-career and became leaders in the musical life of Federal-era America. William Selby of London and Boston (1738-98), Rayner Taylor of London and Philadelphia (1745-1825), and George K. Jackson of London, New York, and Boston (1757-1822) were among the first trained professional composers to make their homes in America and to pioneer the building of an art-music tradition in the New World akin to the esteemed European "classical" music. Temperley compares their lives, careers, and compositional styles in the two countries and reflects on American musical nationalism and the changing emphasis in American musical historiography.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 218 x 20mm | 358.34g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252075951
  • 9780252075957
  • 2,093,425

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"Through fastidious research, a knack for objective and yet sympathetic criticism, and an intimate knowledge of the conventions of British as well as Federal-era American society, Temperley has drawn well-balanced and detailed profiles ... Selby, Taylor, and Jackson have thus become, somehow, more American." Nineteenth-Century Music Review "Temperley's study demonstrates what can be accomplished when traditional scholarly methods are applied with creativity, restraint, and elegance." Eighteenth-Century Music
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About Nicholas Temperley

Nicholas Temperley is a professor emeritus of music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of The Music of the English Parish Church, Haydn: The Creation, The Hymn Tune Index, and several other books.
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