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English Pastoral Music: From Arcadia to Utopia, 1900-1955

Eric Saylor


This book examines the nature and style of pastoralism, one of twentieth-century England’s most widespread and influential musical movements. Long dismissed as provincial, escapist, and reactionary, pastoral music in fact represents a distinctively English approach to modernist composition during the early twentieth century, adapting and transforming established musical and aesthetic conventions to reflect the experiences of British composers and audiences. Covering a wide expressive range—from songs of praise to symphonies of commemoration, lush Arcadian dramatic scenes to bleak neotonal land ... More

Keywords: pastoral music, pastoralism, Arcadia, First World War [Great War?], England, landscape, Utopia, modernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041099
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252041099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Saylor, author
Drake University

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