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dc.contributor.advisorMüller, Frank Lorenz
dc.contributor.authorLeung, Percy Pok Lai
dc.coverage.spatial269 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis offers a comparative study of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) during the First World War (WWI), examining how their music-making and their performances were affected between 1914 and 1918, how they attempted to support their countries and societies throughout the conflict, as well as how the groups of people associated with them – namely soloists, conductors, orchestral players, critics and concertgoers – contributed to, and also reflected, the identity of classical music in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain and Germany. These two distinguished and admired musical institutions are also used as prisms to investigate two contrasting cultural configurations, specifically with regard to issues such as nationalism, patriotism and propaganda. It will be argued that the LSO and the BPO were also agents that made notable social, economic and political contributions to their countries at a time of total war. This thesis is structured in three parts. It first explores how the two orchestras performed and operated, as well as what it meant to be a music-making institution in London and Berlin, during WWI. Then the focus shifts to the symbiotic relationship between music-making and music-listening and how the LSO and the BPO entertained, educated and provided solace for their audiences. Finally, this thesis considers how the two orchestras’ performances and extramusical activities interacted with the political, cultural, charitable and propaganda contexts at the time. This thesis seeks to contribute to four rich fields of historical inquiry, namely cultural history, music history, war history and orchestral history. It contributes to scholarly debates surrounding the role of music in fostering national identity, furthers our understanding of how music could be used to advance cultural and political nationalism and offers a fresh insight into Anglo-German cultural history at the time of WWI.en_US
dc.description.sponsorship"I gratefully acknowledge the financial support I have received from the following institutions: the School of History at the University of St Andrews (St Leonard’s College Scholarship, two postgraduate language bursaries and three discretionary awards); the Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlin (Stipendium); the Royal Historical Society (two research grants), the Royal Musical Association (two Thurston Dart research grants), the Institute of Historical Research (a research bursary), the German History Society (two conference attendance grants), the German History Society in association with the German Academic Exchange Service (a language course grant), the German Studies Association (a conference travel grant), the Russell Trust (a postgraduate award), Santander and St Leonard’s College (a research mobility scholarship), and the First World War Network (a conference travel bursary)." -- Fundingen
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectFirst World Waren_US
dc.subjectCultural historyen_US
dc.subjectClassical musicen_US
dc.subjectSymphony orchestrasen_US
dc.subjectMusical culturesen_US
dc.subjectCultural nationalismen_US
dc.subjectAnglo-German comparative historyen_US
dc.subjectTransnational historyen_US
dc.subjectLondon Symphony Orchestraen_US
dc.subjectBerlin Philharmonic Orchestraen_US
dc.titleThe London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in the First World War : musical institutions, cultural identity and national conflict in Britain and Imperial Germanyen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of St Andrews. School of Historyen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorStudienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhaus von Berlinen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorRoyal Historical Society (Great Britain)en_US
dc.contributor.sponsorRoyal Musical Associationen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorInstitute of Historical Researchen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorGerman History Society (Great Britain)en_US
dc.contributor.sponsorDeutscher Akademischer Austauschdiensten_US
dc.contributor.sponsorGerman Studies Associationen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorRussell Trusten_US
dc.contributor.sponsorSantander UK. Santander Universities. Research Mobility Awarden_US
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of St Andrews. St Leonard's Collegeen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorFirst World War Networken_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Print and electronic copy restricted until 18th April 2027en

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