Victorian brass bands: class, taste, and space

Herbert, T. (1998) Victorian brass bands: class, taste, and space. In: The Place of Music. Guilford Press, New York, pp. 104-128. ISBN 9781572303140 (paperback)


Considers the phenomenon of the brass band from geographic and sociological perspectives. In late–20th-c. Britain, brass bands are often associated with nostalgic visions of class, time, and region, but they were in fact a product of Victorian modernity. The emergence of the brass band signaled the evolution of leisure and a new concept of 'rational recreations' in Victorian Britain, and it represented the first engagement of working-class people with instrumental art music as practitioners. Also considered are the impact of technological change and commercialization, and the interaction of regionalism and nationalism in the growth of the brass band movement.

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