Brian Robins’ volume dealing with the years 1752-1801 is a superb production. He has been working
on the Marsh Journals for at least two decades, and the result is a formidable piece of work. The book is beautifully produced,
and is furnished with 21 plates. … It is a splendid piece of scholarship, as well as a thoroughly entertaining and,
at times, very amusing read. I have to say I could hardly put it down. – Nicholas Plumley, Organists’ Review.
Marsh’s journals run
to over 6000 pages in 37 volumes… Brian Robins has laboured as a musical Hercules in reducing this material to a (barely)
manageable monograph. … I would urge every library that can afford it to purchase this volume. Brian Robins has emulated
all the best qualities of his subject in editing these journals for publication. In so doing he has rescued a worthy musician
from obscurity and given us a most edifying, entertaining and enjoyable book. – Richard Turbet, Brio.
From time to time a major new
source comes to light with the potential to transform radically our understanding of the life and times of the author. …
It is no exaggeration to claim such significance for the journals of John Marsh… Robins’s editorial hand is commendably
light, furnishing the text with useful and informative footnotes where necessary, and allowing Marsh to speak for himself
without too much editorial interference. … the musical community have a great deal to thank Brian Robins for in preparing
this edition. – Rachel Cowgill, Early Music..
… the Marsh journals are collectively one of the most
important sources of information we have about English musical life, to be ranked with Samuel Pepy’s diary, Charles
Burney’s History of Music or Bernard Shaw’s music criticism. … I am glad to report that Brian Robins has
performed his editorial task well. There is a clear statement of editorial method and generally extremely helpful editorial
notes. … no one interested in 18th-century music can afford to be without it. – Peter Holman, Goldberg Early
This volume is, in every sense
of the word, a monumental achievement for which anyone interested in English social life and/or music during the second half
of the eighteenth century must be profoundly grateful. We are very glad to have it, occasional warts and all. – H. Diack
Johnstone, Journal of the Royal Musical Association.
This meticulously scholarly volume (the footnotes alone comprise
a small musical encyclopaedia) … must be one of the fullest records in print of daily life in late 18th-century England. – Nicholas Spice, The
London Review of Books.
… the text is fully annotated with copious
footnotes: the research that has obviously gone into these is phenomenal. - Ian Graham-Jones, Early