Music And Musicians In Early Nineteenth-Century Cornwall

The World of Joseph Emidy - Slave, Violinist and Composer

Richard McGrady

Music And Musicians In Early Nineteenth-Century Cornwall

Richard McGrady

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

174 pages | illustrations
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780859893596 Published February 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Taken from Africa into slavery by the Portuguese, kidnapped by the British Navy and held captive aboard ship during the French wars of the 1790s before being abandoned in Falmouth, the stranger-than-fiction story of Joseph Emidy deserves telling in its own right. What makes it more remarkable is that Emidy - a violinist and composer - became a prominent figure in the musical scene in Cornwall for the remaining thirty years of his life.

The richly varied pattern of local activity is illustrated by accounts in local newspapers, as well as by personal memoirs; many of the anecdotes are amusing and always enlightening in the view they offer of a provincial society at a time of great and hitherto unsuspected activity and change.

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