The BBC and Ultra-Modern Music, 1922-1936: Shaping a Nation's Tastes

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Cambridge University Press, 1999 - Music - 508 pages
This book examines the BBC’s campaign to raise cultural awareness of British mass audiences in the early days of radio. As a specific case, it focuses on policies and plans behind transmissions of music by composers associated with Arnold Schoenberg’s circle between 1922, when the BBC was founded, and spring 1936, when Edward Clark, a former Schoenberg pupil and central figure in BBC music, resigned from the Corporation. This study traces and analyses the BBC’s attempts to manipulate critical and public responses to this repertory. The book investigates three interrelated aspects of early BBC history. Policy decisions relating to contemporary music transmissions are examined to determine why precious broadcast time was devoted to this repertory. Early personnel structures are reconstructed to investigate the responsibilities, attitudes and interests of those who influenced music broadcasting. Finally, broadcasts of Second Viennese School works are examined in detail.
 

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Contents

The British music industry and the BBC between
13
BBC personnel policies and programmes in the 1920s
22
The programmes
39
THE PITT YEARS 19221929
59
Scholess contemporary music reviews
73
The music programmes take shape 19261927
80
The new focus on contemporary music
86
The first wave of Second Viennese School broadcasts
96
Contemporary music programming
132
Boults initial seasons 19301931 19311932
187
Transition to the new régime 19321933 19331934
230
Policies and politics 19341935 19351936
281
Clarks legacy
329
Appendices
337
B BBC Concerts of Contemporary Music 19261936
366
Biographical summaries
390

Contemporary music programming
103
The first British performance of Schoenbergs Gurrelieder
111
The emergence of the ultramodern problem
118
Refining the music programmes 19281929
126
Notes
411
Selected bibliography
463
Index
487
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