The Sound of Interwar London: investigating evolving orchestral performance practices of the London Symphony Orchestra through recordings of Beethoven’s Second Symphony

Jasmine Middleton

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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Abstract

This research examines the Interwar period (1918-1939) in London consisting of rapidly evolving orchestral performance styles and a reconciliation of nineteenth-century ideas with the emerging modernist aesthetic. An original analysis of two London Symphony Orchestra historical recordings of Beethoven's Second Symphony (1802) from 1926 and 1938, conducted by Thomas Beecham and Felix Weingartner respectively, compares approaches to tempo, rhythm, ensemble, and expressive timbres, and a database of critical reviews is surveyed to uncover related attitudes and values. This case study pioneers a model for examining the orchestra as a separate stylistic entity and its performances a product of its context.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Wijsman, Suzanne, Supervisor
  • Sun, Cecilia, Supervisor
  • Collins, Sarah, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date17 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2022

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