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"The Journals and Letters of Susan Burney: Music and Society In Late Eighteenth-Century England," edited by Philip Olleson

The edition, produced to a high standard by Ashgate, makes a substantial contribution to the scholarly literature on the Burneys. Besides the journal entries that form the main contents (63-308), among the many strengths of the volume are a variety of helpful and informative items supplementing the main text, including a family tree and an extensive index (313-334). The value of her writings is manifold, giving a vivid picture of family life and society in her milieu, chronicling political events (most notably the terrifyingly violent anti-Catholic Gordon riots of 1780) and social occasions (including her visit to Fanny at the royal court), as well as reporting in detail on performers and repertoire, providing much insight thereby into operatic and concert culture generally in late eighteenth-century London.

Journal Eighteenth-Century Music
Year 2013
Volume 10
Issue 2
Pages 295-297

Wollenberg, Susan (2013) Reviews--Books: "The Journals and Letters of Susan Burney: Music and Society In Late Eighteenth-Century England," edited by Philip Olleson. In: Eighteenth-Century Music, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 295-297. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/52889/.

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