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Over Here, Over ThereTransatlantic Conversations on the Music of World War I$
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William Brooks, Christina Bashford, and Gayle Magee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042706

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042706.001.0001

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Tommy Critics, an Unlikely Musical Community, and the Longleat Lyre during World War I

Tommy Critics, an Unlikely Musical Community, and the Longleat Lyre during World War I

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(p.127) Chapter 6 Tommy Critics, an Unlikely Musical Community, and the Longleat Lyre during World War I
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Over Here, Over There
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Michelle Meinhart

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042706.003.0008

Longleat, a stately home in Wiltshire, England, served as a hospital for British and allied troops in World War I. As reported in the Longleat Lyre, music provided entertainment and relief to recovering soldiers and built a community that transcended boundaries of class and culture. Longleat housed no officers, and soldiers from lower ranks intermingled in musical performances with the aristocrats of the Thynne family and with Reverend Cocks, the chaplain, and his wife. Repertoire was transnational, with American music and styles a staple ingredient, but also with the semi-classical music favored by upper social classes. Longleat built community through music within its environs, throughout the region, and in parallel with music produced and experienced by troops in the trenches.

Keywords:   World War I, music, Britain, entertainment, Longleat, soldiers, hospital, Longleat Lyre, Thynne family, Reverend W. Cocks

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