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Kitty Clive, or The Fair Songster


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The Siren Song: Kitty Clive in the Playhouse
'The Lovely Virgin tun'd her Voice': Henry Carey and the Production of a Native Songster
'Charm'd with the sprightly Innocence of Nell': The Metamorphosis of Miss Raftor
'HINT writes and RAFTOR acts in Drury-lane': Clive, Fielding and Theophilus Cibber
'The pious Daughter, and the faithful Wife': Fielding, Miller and Clive, 1733-35
'A Likeness where none was to be found': Contested Images of Clive, 1734-1737
The Patriot Soprano: British Worthies at Drury Lane
Handel and the Sweet Bird of Drury Lane, 1740-43
The Case of Mrs. Clive
Of Scuffles and Rivalries: The Demise of 'Kitty Cuckoe'
From Miss Lucy to Mrs Riot: Voice and Caricature
Clive on Clive: The Rehearsal: Or, Bays in Petticoats
Conclusion: The Fair Songster
Appendix 1: Catherine Clive's Roles 1728-1769
Appendix 2: Line in Catherine Clive's Repertory 1728-1769
Appendix 3: The Case of Mrs. CLIVE (1744)
Select Bibliography


Berta Joncus's brilliant new book . . . compels us to imagine London's rich musical scene through the eyes and voice of one of the century's most extraordinary performers, Kitty Clive (1711-1785). . . . Readers . . . will be fascinated by this beautifully written biography, full of intriguing anecdotes and astute cultural criticism, where backstage gossip on one page is followed by keen musical analysis on the next. Moreover, singers will discover an entirely new repertoire to explore, one that puts the music of Handel and his contemporaries into a much clearer focus. Clive is a heroine for all generations, and Berta Joncus is to be praised for letting us hear her voice so clearly today. EARLY MUSIC AMERICA [Wendy Heller]

[An] engrossing history...dubbed the 'songbird of Drury Lane', Clive performed an extraordinary range of musical styles to great acclaim...Joncus gives a fascinating account...painstakingly researched yet written in lively and dynamic prose. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

An exhaustive study of Clive's character and work; her roles and songs; her rise and fall; her feminist ambitions...a monumental, worthy, many-sided and richly detailed monograph, providing a strong portrait of Clive as a distinguished actress-songster in Handel's times. HANDEL NEWS

Berta Joncus has masterfully described the career of singer-actress-playwright Catherine Clive, a neglected star of the eighteenth-century English and Irish theatres from a charismatic ingenue songstress into a plump, carping older woman. Beginning with the acknowledgement that Clive shaped her own public image, Joncus details this stunningly important career with a much-needed emphasis on theatrical music. This brilliant book highlights the triumphs and challenges facing a talented, determined woman in an age that regularly satirized the second sex. --Felicity Nussbaum, Distinguished Research Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

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