Glossary of Terms
- Blom, Eric. Music in England. England: Penguin Books, 1943.
Blom's book gives an overview of music in England from early 15th century to the 20th
century. He focuses on major musical periods and influential composers.
- Fiske, Robert and H. Diack Johnstone, editors. The Blackwell History of Music in Britain: The
Eighteenth Century. Oxford: Basil Blackwell Ltd., 1990.
This book is a highly informational, detailed collection of chapters discussing all of the
aspects of music in Britain in the eighteenth century. As well as offering an in-depth
discussion of the music within the social context of the time, the book focuses on concert
life in England, theater music, and music in the home. The discussion is historical as well as
musicological, offering information on composers and literature. There is also a detailed
discussion of church music and literature.
- Gay, John. The Beggar's Opera. New York: The Heritage Press, 1937.
This edition of Gay's score includes an introduction by A.P. Herbett and illustrations by
Monette Lydis. The introduction overviews the context for the opera's composition, the
public's reaction to its performance, and the influence of the composition.
- Grout, Donald Jay. A History of Western Music. New York: WW Norton and Company, Inc.,
Grout's book gives a comprehensive overview of western music. The section on 18th century
music in England gives a brief overview of the major composers and musical innovations of
- Guerinot, J.V. and Rodney D. Jilg. Contexts 1: The Beggar's Opera. Hamden: The
ShoeString Press, Inc, 1976.
This book illuminates The Beggar's Opera by discussing the historical background of the
work, including the literary, political, and musical contexts. Guerinot and Jilg provide
musical examples and detailed analysis of the music.
- Jones, Marion, Loftis, John, Scouten, A.H, and Southen, Richard. The Revels History of Drama in English, Volume V, 1660-1750. Methuen & Co, Ltd: London, 1976.
This book provides extensive coverage of dramatic literature, productions, and theatre culture of the late seventeenth and eighteenth century. Tables, timelines, and illustrations are among the helpful resources of the book.
- Krutch, Joseph Wood. Comedy and Conscience After the Restoration. Colombia University Press: New York, 1949.
This book is a revised dissertation discussing the moral dilemmas raised by movements of dramatic literature in the eighteenth century. Each movement is covered in depth and is accompanied by extensive historical, social and political background.
- Moore, Cecil A. Introduction, Twelve Famous Plays of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. New York: Random House, 1933.
This anthology features twelve plays by English playwrights between 1672-1777. The introduction, written by Cecil A Moore, provides background on the history of the restoration, dramatic and literary movements of the time, and historical and literary context for the plays included in the anthology.
- Nicoll, Allardyce. British Drama. Barnes & Noble, Inc: New York, 1962.
This book provides a survey of the history of British Drama from its earliest times to the early twentieth century. Each period of drama provides information about movements, trends, and actual dramatic material.
- Parke, William. Musical Memoirs; comprising an account of the General State of Music in
England, From the First Commemoration of Handel, in 1784, to the Year 1830. London: Henry
Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830.
This primary source is a set of volumes of memoirs written by W.T. Parke, a professional
musician (principal oboist of the Royal Covent Garden Theater for forty years.) The
memoirs offer musical and histrionic anecdotes that offer an insider's look into the world of
music and musicians of 18th-century London.
- Robins, Brian. "The Catch Club in 18th Century England." Early Music, UK, no 4: 517-29.
Music in 18th Century England had little definable national character, largely dominated by
foreign composers. Robins discusses the history of and driving force behind the emergence
of the glee and catch clubs established to encourage a repertory of music by English
- Rohr, Deborah. The Careers of British Musicians, 1750-1850: A Profession of Artisans.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Rohr's book discusses the role of the British musician in society. She writes about who was
playing, what they were playing, and how the public received them. This book gives a sense
of what it was like during the eighteenth century in England to make a career out of being a
musician, including the repertoire, the pay, and the status.
- Schultz, William Eben, Ph.D. Gay's Beggar's Opera: It's Context, History and Influence. New York: Russell and Russell, 1967.
Schultz goes into depth on the context, history and influence of John Gay's The Beggar's
Opera. He includes information on the development of the opera, the public's reaction and
the influence of the opera on the larger music world of the time.
- Weber, William. The Rise of Musical Classics in Eighteenth-Century England: A Study in
Canon, Ritual and Idealogy. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992.
Weber's book focuses on the major contributions of composers in 18th century England. He
writes about the development of the musical canon and why certain compositions were more
influential than others. He goes into depth on the concerts of Antient Music that developed
during the 18th century. These concerts were created to showcase the musical classics of the
time and their programs reveal much about what music was popular and respected.
- Winton, Calhoun. John Gay and the London Theatre. University Press of Kentucky: Lexington, 1993.
In this book, Calhoun presents Gay and how his work as a dramatist fits within the London theatrical scene. The study is chronological; Calhoun begins with Gay's The Mohocks and ends with The Distress'd Wife.
- Young, Percy M. A History of British Music. London: Ernest Benn Limited, 1967.
Young's book traces British music history from its origins to modern times of the 20th
century. Particularly helpful for this project were the chapters on "English Baroque" and
"The Age of Handel."