The John Marsh Journals, Vol. 2


The Life and Times of a Gentleman Composer (1752-1828)

Edited, introduced and annotated by Brian Robins


Pendragon Press, Stuyvesant, NJ 

ISBN: 978-1-57647-163-0

xii + 429pp

First Published: July 2013


$86 US; £55.68 UK 


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The extensive journals of the dilettante English composer John Marsh, which cover the period from 1752 to 1828, represent one of the most important musical and social documents of the times. Following the critically acclaimed Journals of John Marsh, Vol. 1, this second book takes the reader from Marsh's 50th birthday in June 1802 up to his death on 31 October 1828. During the first decade of this period, Marsh's extraordinary drive and enthusiasm for music making and organisation showed little sign of abating. Even after his retirement as director of the Chichester subscription concerts, Marsh continued to observe music and other events in London and the provinces with undiminished interest, providing invaluable insight into the great early 19th century festivals in cities such as York and Birmingham. As with the earlier volume, Marsh's endlessly enquiring mind is evident in the wide range of topics that continued to excite his interest, making this new publication an equally essential companion for anyone interested in the dynamic life of Regency and late-Georgian Britain. Included are updated work lists of Marsh's musical and literary works 

  Early Critical Praise for the John Marsh Journals, Vol 2!

... a monumental and chronologically organized work of impeccable scholarship. A seminal study, no academic library's European music history collection can be considered complete without the the two volumes of John Marsh Journals as published by Pendragon Press as part of their outstanding series 'The Sociology and Social History of Music' - Andy Jordan, Reviewer's Bookwatch, August 2013