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Entertaining Miss Austen

Published: 17 June 2011
Jane Austen

A new recording by Southampton's Head of Keyboard Studies, Professor David Owen Norris, presents songs and piano works collected by Jane Austen and her family.

'Entertaining Miss Austen' also features soprano Amanda Pitt and baritone John Lofthouse, and was recorded on an 1817 Broadwood piano from the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands, Surrey (National Trust). The disc includes world premiere recordings of music Austen sang and played, including three songs her niece Caroline later remembered as favourites. 

The recording grows out of Norris's collaboration on a major study of domestic music-making in Britain, led by Professor Jeanice Brooks, and incorporates PhD research by Southampton postgraduate Samantha Carrasco. Many of the pieces were first given at a concert in Chawton church for the 'New Directions in Austen Studies' conference, organised by Dr Gillian Dow, Lecturer in English at Southampton and Chawton House Library. See the Austen Family Music Books page for more.

The CD can be purchased online from Amazon or the producers, Dutton Epoch.

Listen to a track: David Owen Norris plays 'The Celebrated Fairy Dance', arranged by Matthias Holst.

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