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Merrie England

The phrase is used to describe a particular arcadian attitude to the past, prevalent in Victorian and Edwardian times but with roots stretching back to the turn of the 19th century and ...

Merrie England

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The Oxford Companion to Music

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...Merrie England . Operetta in two acts by German to a libretto by Basil Hood (London, 1902...

Merrie England

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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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... England Light opera in 2 acts by German to lib. by Basil Hood , introducing Queen Elizabeth I, Raleigh, and other Elizabethan characters. Comp. 1902 . Prod. London (Savoy Theatre) 1902...

Merrie England

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A Dictionary of English Folklore

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...England were constant: a contented, revelling peasantry and a hierarchical order in which each one happily accepted his place and where the feast in the baronial hall symbolised the ideal social relationship ( Keith Thomas , The Perception of the Past in Early Modern England (1983), 22) The features of many of the festivals which we now take for granted, and which we believe to be ‘old’, have been shaped by the Merrie England process. Roy Judge , ‘Merrie England and the Morris’, Folklore 104 (1993), 124–43; Roy Judge , ‘May Day and Merrie England’, ...

Merrie England

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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... England With music by Edward German and book and lyrics by Basil Hood , this popular comic opera opened at London’s Savoy Theatre on 2 April 1902. The story tells of love and intrigue at the sixteenth-century court of Queen Elizabeth where the heroic courtier, Sir Walter Raleigh, falls in love with Bessie Throckmorton, a lady-in-waiting to the queen. One of Raleigh’s love letters to Bessie falls into the hands of his rival, the Earl of Essex, who seeks to embarrass Raleigh with the queen. Stirred into the plot are Jill-All-Alone, believed to be a witch,...

Merrie England

Merrie England  

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Light opera in 2 acts by German to lib. by Basil Hood, introducing Queen Elizabeth I, Raleigh, and other Elizabethan characters. Comp. 1902. Prod. London (Savoy Theatre) 1902.
Merrie England

Merrie England  

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The phrase is used to describe a particular arcadian attitude to the past, prevalent in Victorian and Edwardian times but with roots stretching back to the turn of the 19th century and with ...
village greens

village greens  

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The term ‘village green’ conjures up an image of Merrie England or the green at Auburn in Goldsmith's The Deserted Village. However, the reality is more prosaic. The term ‘town ...
light

light  

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Adjective applied somewhat patronizingly and vaguely to mus. which is supposed to need less concentration than ‘serious music’ (another objectionable term). Thus there are also ‘light’ orchs. and ...
Edward German

Edward German  

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(b Whitchurch, Salop, 1862; d London, 1936).Eng. composer. Played in th. orchs., soon becoming cond. Mus. dir., Globe Th. from 1888, writing incidental mus. for Shakespeare's plays (incl. some of ...
merry

merry  

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Cheerful and lively; especially in a number of fixed phrases.it is merry in hall when beards wag all proverbial saying, early 14th century, meaning ‘when conversation is in full flow’.Merry England ...
Basil Hood

Basil Hood  

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(b. Croydon, 5 April 1864; d. London, 7 Aug. 1917)Librettist. An army career officer, Hood resigned his commission when the production of his first full-length show, Gentleman Joe (1895) ...
boar's head

boar's head  

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Bringing in the boar's head, on a huge plate, was a potent symbol of old Christmas on a grand scale, popular with Victorian illustrators to evoke a Merrie England tradition. It survives at Queen's ...
fakelore

fakelore  

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The idea of ‘fakelore’ came to the fore in the 1960's when academic folklorists, primarily in America, began to take note of occasions where traditions were being invented or appropriated either for ...
Ram Roasting

Ram Roasting  

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Every Whitsun, a live and suitably decorated ram was driven in a cart in procession around Kingsteignton, Devon, and then publicly roasted. Nowadays, the ram is already dead before being paraded, and ...
Robert Blatchford

Robert Blatchford  

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(1851–1943),journalist and socialist, was one of the founders of the Manchester Fabian Society in 1890. In 1891, with four colleagues, he started The Clarion, a socialist weekly which ran until 1932, ...
revival

revival  

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A deceptively simple term which has excited protracted debate in the folklore world, primarily because its meaning shifts with the perspective of each onlooker. In the folk song and dance world, ‘the ...
May Queens

May Queens  

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An accepted part of the modern May celebrations in many towns and villages; the usual pattern being a procession, crowning ceremony, and some sort of parade, as one constituent part of the sports, ...
Jack-in-the-Green

Jack-in-the-Green  

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An urban street calendar custom enacted on May Day by chimneysweeps. The sweeps dressed up in their finery, if they had any, with added ribbons; one dressed as the Lord, another as a Lady, and one or ...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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...that is supposed to need less concentration than ‘serious music’ (another objectionable term). Thus there are also ‘light’ orchs and ‘light’ opera. ‘Light’ music can refer to Elgar's shorter pieces or to works by comps such as Ronald Binge . ‘Light opera’ probably means Merrie England rather than The Merry Widow , but such classification is...

German, Sir Edward

German, Sir Edward (1862)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Music (6 ed.)

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...Globe Th. from 1888 , writing incid. music for Shakespeare's plays (incl. some of Irving's prods.). Greatest success was patriotic operetta Merrie England ( 1902 ). Among his popular songs are Rolling Down to Rio ( 1903 ) and Glorious Devon ( 1905 ). Also wrote attractive music for pf. Knighted 1928 . Prin. works: light operas: The Emerald Isle ( 1901 , completion of Sullivan 's last work); Merrie England ( 1902 ); A Princess of Kensington ( 1902 ); Tom Jones ( 1907 ); Fallen Fairies ( 1909 ). th music: Richard III ( 1889 ); Henry VIII (...

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