Reviews of Catch and Glee Culture
Brian Robins has given an excellent history of the forms and their cultivation in their heyday…
This is a fine account of a uniquely British repertoire… - Clifford Bartlett, Early Music Review.
...Robins draws together a wealth of detail, correcting some of the more hagiographic accounts and providing
a meaningful social context... His book will serve as a very useful and readable conspectus of the wrttten sources... Meanwhile,
it has made me want to go and sing some more of the music, which is no small compliment. - Mark Argent, Goldberg Early Music Magazine
In summary, Robins has produced an excellently researched book;
the wealth of information in the footnotes and appendices makes fascinating reading in its own right. It provides an excellent
entrée to those who wish to study catch and glee music itself, and it also makes a firm first mark in a hitherto
barely explored area of our national culture and heritage. - James Hobson, Chombec News, 3
commonplace to attribute the greatest "English" music of the 18th century to non-native composers... While such
attributions may be overly simplistic in that they seem to gloss over the importance of native traditions, few scholars have
offered anything in the way of a corrective. Brian Robins's book is a notable exception. Undertaking a formidable amount
of archival work, the author reconstructs the culture that encouraged the development of the catch and the glee... - Stephanie
Pietros, Early Music America
Meanwhile, Robins has produced
a thoroughly researched account of a 'phenemon' that the jacket blurb claims has been 'largely overlooked by historians'.
Certainly historians should find his book a stimulating source of information on the topic; it is an important contribution
to cultural history... - Susan Wollenberg, Eighteenth-Century
The strength of Catch and Glee Culture... lies in the author's command of the sources,
and the thorough, nuanced accounts of so many institutions, repertories, and so on. Future scholars will long be indebted
to him for this presentation of material. - Christina Bashford,
Music and Letters.
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