'Easy, cheap and true': Tonic Sol-fa in print and in the concert hall

Taylor, Sarah E. ORCID: 0000-0003-1383-9342 (2003) 'Easy, cheap and true': Tonic Sol-fa in print and in the concert hall. Brio, 40 (2). pp. 8-23. ISSN 0007-0173

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This article concerns the printing of Tonic Sol-fa music during the 19th century, and the way in which its availability and significantly reduced price contributed to the surge in popularity in choral singing. In a climate where singing sacred music was considered an act of worship in itself, Tonic Sol-fa, a system of musical notation developed by congregational minister John Curwen (1816-1880), enabled many thousands of people to engage in choral singing. The article explores the pricing of Tonic Sol-fa music, including a comparison with the price of traditionally-notated music, and highlights use of the music on a practical level.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tonic Sol-fa,rational recreation,printed music,music publishing.
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions: Library > University of Bolton Library Research
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:51
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2018 08:58
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/324

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