This is the "Welcome!" page of the "Performing Arts" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content
library_banner_2014 Averett Library Home Averett University Home

Performing Arts  

Discover reliable and peer reviewed sources in Music, Theatre, and related fields.
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2014 URL: http://discover.averett.edu/performing_arts Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

Welcome! Print Page
  Search: 
 

Performing Arts

Welcome to the library's guide to resources in the Performing Arts!

For a simple search, explore Credo Reference under "Research Tools" to the left.

For a focused research in Music, Theatre, or related fields, click on a tab above.

 

      
     

    Featured Titles

    Cover Art
    Music of the Gilded Age - John Ogasapian; N. Lee Orr
    Call Number: ML3917 .U6 O44 2007
    ISBN: 9780313335525
    Publication Date: 2007-05-01
    America's Gilded Age was a time of great musical evolution. As the country continued to develop a musical style apart from Europe, its church and religious music and opera took on new forms. Music-as-entertainment also evolved, with marching bands at public events and the new musicals in theaters. This volume presents the composers, musicians, songwriters, instruments and musical forms that uniquely identify the Gilded Age.

    Chapters include: Concerts and Symphony orchestras; Grand Opera; Composers, Critics, and Conservatories; Amateurs and Music at Home; Sacred Music, Black and White; Ragtime, Vaudeville, and the American Musical Stage; Music, Politics, and the Progressive Movement; and Music Industries and Technology

    Cover Art
    Stage, Page, Scandals, and Vandals: William E. Burton and Nineteenth-Century American Theatre - David L. Rinear
    Call Number: PN2598 .B8 R56 2004
    ISBN: 0809325721
    Publication Date: 2004-04-09
    In this first modern book-length biography of native Englander William E. Burton, theatre historian David L. Rinear explores Burton's diary, letters, published reviews, and various reminiscences to reveal the tumultuous personal and professional lives of the mid-nineteenth-century actor/manager and his role in American literary history. Stage, Page, Scandals, and Vandals: William E. Burton and Nineteenth-Century American Theatre also provides insight into the cultural and artistic climate of an early period in American history when the country was still forming a national identity.

    Burton fled England in 1834 and came to America in the wake of a public scandal caused by his marriage to a sixteen-year-old orphan. Burton was then already married and the father of a ten-year-old son. Settling in Philadelphia, the thirty-two-year-old actor rapidly established himself in the city's theatrical productions and quickly became an audience favorite. In 1837, while continuing to act, Burton founded and edited "The Gentleman's Magazine," a monthly literary publication later called "Burton's Gentleman's Magazine." Burton hired struggling author Edgar Allan Poe as co-editor, and the journal achieved literary acclaim as it first published many of Poe's short stories and poems.

    Burton sold the journal in 1841 and used the money to build a new theatre, which he managed, although the depression of the early 1840s soon drove his venture out of business. After declaring bankruptcy the following year, Burton worked as a touring actor before returning to theatre management in 1845. For the next thirteen years, Burton managed a succession of theatres in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York.

    Burton's work as a producer of Shakespearean comedies and romances marks him as the first of the intellectual theatre managers to raise the theatrical experience from mere popular culture to high art. Burton made a fortune in his ventures, amassed the finest private Shakespearean library in the country, and built a grand seaside estate in Glen Cove, Long Island. Shrewd in his personal affairs and in business, Burton also had a violent temper, which led him to viciously attack his competitors. His peculiar domestic relationships marred his brilliant career as an actor, manager, and man of letters; he may have been married to three women at once and lived with two of these women simultaneously.

    Fully revealing Burton's contributions to American culture, Rinear traces Burton's personal and professional pursuits from his emigration to his death in 1860. Bolstered by twenty-two illustrations, Stage, Page, Scandals, and Vandals sheds light on the history of American entertainment during the antebellum era, exposes the ruthless business practices required to succeed in theatre and literary magazine publishing, and reveals a sense of what constituted celebrity status in mid-nineteenth-century America.

    Liaison Librarian

    Profile Image
    Jim Verdini
    Contact Info
    203 Blount Library
    (800) 543-9440
    (434) 791-5694 (office)
    Send Email
    Description

    Loading  Loading...

    Tip