London

A Musical Gazetteer

Lewis and Susan Foreman

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April 11, 2005
384 pages, 7.5 x 9.25
100 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300104028
Paper

The essential companion to musical London

This compact and convenient guide to music in London features the sites where music has flourished and where leading musicians have lived or performed in the city—from Handel’s house to Berlioz’s rooms, from cathedrals and churches to recording studios and concert halls. It provides historical information on auditoriums and opera houses, theatres, conservatories, museums, libraries, galleries, graves, memorials and statues, orchestras, music publishers, auction houses, and places of musical interest in the greater London area. The book includes biographical accounts of some 125 composers and musicians who inhabited or visited London.

The book offers interesting musical walks, a historical overview, and the most thorough account yet published of musical compositions evoking London. Boxes within the text present information on such topics as the music Wagner conducted in London in 1855, the organists and choirmasters of the cathedrals, and Gershwin’s recording sessions. With maps, bibliography, web addresses, information on transport and access, and an extensive index, this unique compilation is enhanced with many striking illustrations.

Lewis and Susan Foreman are Londoners, who bring a lifetime’s experience of London music to this wide-ranging exploration. Each is the author of several books.

'Concise and elegantly written, it's far too good to be savioured by just those who live in London.' - Jeremy Nicholas, Classic FM Magazine

“Underneath all the amazing erudition of this book lies . . . the Foremans’ evident love of, and enthusiasm for, the music of the many figures, some famous, some dim, many just journeymen, who populate their pages. . . . Even if you are not a Londoner—especially if you are not a Londoner—this is a treat.”—Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review

“The photographs and reproductions of engravings, as well as an excellent bibliography of historical and contemporary sources, web site listings, and a comprehensive index, add immeasurably to this wide-ranging effort. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review)


"Wonderful... as a fireside encyclopaedia, to be pored over in preparation for a visit, it is without equal."---Times Literary Supplement

“With expertise on London buildings and musicology, [the authors] have compiled an authoritative guide… This book is a delight…as the authors have unearthed a wealth of fascinating detail about places that may have disappeared…” - Diana Dixon, Library & Information Update (CIUP)