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Title: 'Music based on worth' : the conducting career of Sir Hamilton Harty
Author: Plummer, Declan
ISNI:       0000 0004 2725 0683
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis assesses the conducting career of Sir Hamilton Harty, particularly his conductorship with the Halle Orchestra from 1920 to 1933, and places his career in the context of the social, economic and political changes brought about by World War I, the introduction of mass culture, and the effects of the Great Depression. The thesis re-examines Harty's legacy: reviews from numerous newspapers and journals demonstrate the quality of his conducting and the supreme standards he achieved with the Halle Orchestra; and a detailed study of the Halle programmes and the orchestra's finances from 1920 to 1933 shows that, by comparison to other British orchestras, Harty was one of the most catholic conductors in Britain who laboured under particularly difficult financial restrictions. The thesis is structured in eight chapters. Chapters one to three discuss Harty's career prior to his Halle appointment in 1920. They explain how his conservative aesthetic beliefs, catholic tastes, and conducting abilities were shaped by his informal education in Ireland, the artistic limitations of Belfast and Dublin in the late nineteenth century, his career as an accompanist in Dublin and London and his engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra from 1911 to 1919. Chapters four to six discuss Harty's conductorship with the Halle Orchestra from 1920 and 1933, and include an examination of the orchestra's first BBC broadcasts and gramophone recordings, reviews of Harty's conducting and the structure of his programmes. Chapter seven discusses Harty's artistic beliefs, demonstrating how they represented an outdated reaction to modernism, and his conducting style, including comparisons with other contemporary conductors. Chapter eight discusses Harty's tours in America and Australia from 1931 to 1936 in detail and provides additional accounts of his conducting abilities. Appendices, music examples, figures and a select bibliography are included.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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