How valuable is web 2.0 to music criticism? An investigation into the role of web 2.0 and social media in the reception of Benjamin Britten's operas

Brown, Amy Jane (2016) How valuable is web 2.0 to music criticism? An investigation into the role of web 2.0 and social media in the reception of Benjamin Britten's operas. MMus(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The internet is deeply integrated with many people's day to day lives, including that of musicians and musicologists. In this thesis, the impact of the internet on classical music criticism in the Web 2.0 age is examined. Using the examples of Britten's operas, Gloriana and Peter Grimes, an overview of their critical reception is examined, using printed reviews found in The Times since their premières, internet based reviews of two specific performances, and the reactions to these performances on Twitter. Theories of media behaviour including de Mul's view of the 'ludic self' are used in order to explain the content found in reviews in conjunction with citizen journalism, of which blogging is an extension. While there are some consistencies between the print reviews and those online, there are stylistic differences, and wider repercussions for the world of criticism in the wake of the democratisation of culture, as critics find their previously regarded authority obsolete to some. Music criticism is no longer the reserve of the musicologists

Item Type: Thesis (MMus(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Musicology, Social Media, Benjamin Britten, Opera, Online Behaviour, Gloriana, Royal Opera, Peter Grimes, Twitter,
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Supervisor's Name: Code, Dr. David
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Miss Amy Brown
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7332
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 08:19
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2016 10:51
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/7332

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