From 1695 to 1705, rival London theater companies based at Drury Lane and Lincoln's Inn Fields each mounted more than a hundred new productions while reviving stock plays by authors such as Shakespeare and Dryden. All included music. Kathryn Lowerre charts the interactions of the two companies from a musical perspective, emphasizing each company's new productions and their respective musical assets, including performers, composers, and musical materials. Lowerre also provides rich analysis of the relationship of music to genres including comedy, dramatick opera, and musical tragedy, and explores the migration of music from theater to theater, performer to performer, and from stage to street and back again. As Lowerre persuasively demonstrates, during this period, all theater was musical theater.

part I|2 pages

The Place and Function of Music in Dramatic Productions

chapter One|48 pages

Musical Approaches in Comedy

chapter Two|56 pages

Musical Tragedies and Dramatick Operas

part II|2 pages

Music and Musicians in Theatrical Competition

chapter Three|72 pages

Initiation, 1695–1697

chapter Four|68 pages

Competition, 1697–1700

chapter Five|65 pages

Power Shift, 1700–1703

chapter Six|49 pages

Realignment, 1703–1705