Street music in London in the nineteenth century: ‘Evidence’ from Charles Dickens, Charles Babbage and Lucy Broadwood

Paul Watt

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What evidence is there that street music was widespread, problematic and immoral in nineteenth century London? This article re-examines a substantial literature that has been used to build a case or argument of the pervasive notion that street music was a curse in nineteenth-century London. Looking at a variety of sources afresh the article argues that historical evidence has often been misunderstood, misread or misconstrued in establishing historical narratives about street music in nineteenth-century London.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-22
Number of pages13
JournalNineteenth-Century Music Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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