£15 This talk explores the historical evidence for music making in domestic spaces of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It will consider the rise of the purpose-built music room
This talk explores the historical evidence for music making in domestic spaces of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It will consider the rise of the purpose-built music room alongside accounts of temporary structures and multi-use spaces, and will contrast formal and semi-formal musical events in the home with music making in intimate or private spaces. Exploring music’s role in endowing different areas of the home with affective and social meanings, it will examine how music could be used to create – or in some cases, to destroy – ideal forms of domesticity in this period.
Jeanice Brooks is a cultural historian of music. Her main interests include music and culture in Renaissance France; musical culture of the mid-twentieth century; domestic music-making in Britain c. 1800; and song and gender. She gained a PhD in musicology with a minor in French literature, and continues to develop interdisciplinary research topics that draw on literary as well as musical sources. Her research on domestic music performance and material culture includes projects in collaboration with the National Trust and other heritage bodies.
Doors open 6.15pm, talk starts 6.30pm (inc. wine). All members welcome. This talk forms part of a Young Georgian lecture series on eighteenth-century culture.