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.
|Award date||17 Jun 2022|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2022|