Document Type

Honors Project

Publication Date



This thesis examines the Period Instrument Revival of early 20th century England through a lens of contemporaneous Modernist thought, specifically in how each movement addresses its conflicted relationship with the musical past. It centers on Arnold Dolmetsch, the primary instigator of the Revival, and through this exploration of his reception and his works in a Modernist context, unveils the Revival's continuous struggle to subvert Modernist societal isolation and instead actively attempt to connect with and influence both musical and larger English culture and society. Finally, it presents a case for the enduring influence of Arnold Dolmetsch not just as one of many pioneers of Early Music, but as a lingering ideological influence—especially in determining valid "authorities" for the stylistic interpretation of Early Music performance today.

Level of Honors

cum laude


Conservatory of Music


Sara Ceballos

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Musicology Commons