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Title: The British masque 1690-1800
Author: Burden, Michael J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1991
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This thesis is a consideration of the theatre masque in Britain from the appearance of Dramatick Opera in 1690, to the end of the eighteenth century. Its central hypothesis is that those years which saw the greatest number of masques presented, also saw attempts to create an English operatic tradition, and that the subsequent brief popularity of the masque was a consequence of this activity. The study falls into three sections. The first part, 'definitions' considers the application of the word 'masque', in both primary and secondary discussions and studies; it also considers the problem of Acis and Galatea as a case study in theatrical terminology in the eighteenth century. In the second section, 'Directions', there are three main chapters (ii, iv and vi), with two interludes (iii and v). Sections ii, iv and vi each take one of the quantitively identified groups of masques (those of 1701, 1715-16 and 1733-4), and discuss their relation to the operatic and theatrical activity which was taking place at the time. Each of the interludes contains a short consideration of the genre which was an off-shoot of the masques previously discussed. Thus the masque burlesque follows the classical masque, and the pantomine masque follows the pastoral masque. The third and final part is a study of the masque of Alfred, of its dramatic, political and musical characteristics, of those who worked on it and those who watched it, of those who altered it and those who revived it.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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