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The Guitar in Stuart England
A Social and Musical History

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Part of Musical Performance and Reception

  • Publication planned for: January 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108419789

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  • This is the first history of the guitar during the reign of the Stuarts, a time of great political and social upheaval in England. In this engaging and original volume, Christopher Page gathers a rich array of portraits, literary works and other, previously unpublished, archival materials in order to create a comprehensive picture of the guitar from its early appearances in Jacobean records, through its heyday at the Restoration court in Whitehall, to its decline in the first decades of the eighteenth century. The book explores the passion of Charles II himself for the guitar, and that of Samuel Pepys, who commissioned the largest repertoire of guitar-accompanied song to survive from baroque Europe. Written in Page's characteristically approachable style, this volume will appeal to general readers as well as to music historians and guitar specialists.

    • The guitar is now the most widely played instrument in the Western world and this is the first book to chart its success in early modern England
    • The book gathers portraits, archival materials and literary works to investigate the guitar's importance to key figures including Samuel Pepys and King Charles II
    • Approachable and accessible, this volume will appeal to musicians and historians as well as to general guitar enthusiasts
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    • Publication planned for: January 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108419789
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The guitar in Jacobean and Caroline England (I): court masque and town fashion
    2. The guitar in Jacobean and Caroline England (II): London and lodgings abroad
    3. The restoration court
    4. Regarding the female guitarist
    5. Guitars, gallants and gentlewomen
    6. Samuel Pepys and the guitar all'Italiana
    7. The autumn of the five-course guitar in England.

  • Author

    Christopher Page, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
    Christopher Page is a Fellow of the British Academy, Professor of Medieval Music and Literature at the University of Cambridge, Professor of Music in Gresham College, London, and one of the world's foremost scholars of historical performance and musical instruments. This book follows The Guitar in Tudor England (Cambridge, 2015), winner of the 2017 Nicholas Bessaraboff Prize awarded by the American Musical Instrument Society. Christopher Page holds the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association awarded for outstanding services to musicology.

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