Recomposing the Past: Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen

Cook, James and Kolassa, Alexander and Whittaker, Adam, eds. (2018) Recomposing the Past: Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen. Ashgate Screen Music . Routledge, Oxford. ISBN 9781138287471

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Recomposing the Past is a book concerned with the complex but important ways in which we engage with the past in modern times. Contributors ex-amine how media on stage and screen uses music, and in particular early music, to evoke and recompose a distant past. Culture, popular and other-wise, is awash with a stylised – sometimes contradictory – musical history. And yet for all its complexities, these representations of the past through music are integral to how our contemporary and collective imaginations understand history. More importantly, they offer a valuable insight into how we understand our musical present. Such representative strategies, the book argues, cross generic boundaries, and as such it brings together a range of multimedia discussion on the subjects of film (Lord of the RingsandDangerous Liasions), television (Game of Thrones and The Borgias), video game (Dragon Warrior andGauntlet), and opera (Written on Skin, Taverner, and English ‘dramatick opera’). This collection constitutes a sig-nificant, and interdisciplinary, contribution to a growing literature which is unpacking our ongoing creative dialogue with the past. Divided into three complementary sections, grouped not by genre or media but by theme, it considers, ‘Authenticity, Appropriateness, and Recomposing the Past’, ‘Music, Space, and Place: Geography as History’, and ‘Presentness and the Past: Dialogues between Old and New’. Like the musical collage that is our shared multimedia historical soundscape, it is hoped that this collection is, in its eclecticism, more than the sum of its parts.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depositing User: Andrew Ingamells
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2021 15:09
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 16:54

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