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Holdsworth, Sir William Searle

Sir William Searle Holdsworth, 1871–1944, British legal historian. He was (1903–8) professor of constitutional law at University College, London. After 1922 he was Vinerian professor of English law at Oxford. Holdsworth's greatest achievement is his History of English Law (12 vol., 1903–38). The work begins with Anglo-Saxon times, and it is an account of legal procedure and court organization down to the Judicature Acts of 1875 and of the important phases of substantive law through the 18th cent. Many authorities consider Holdsworth's history among the most thorough scholarly accounts of English law ever written. He was knighted in 1929. His other books include The Historians of Anglo-American Law (1928, repr. 1966) and Charles Dickens as a Legal Historian (1928, repr. 1972).

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incidental music

incidental music. Mus. written for atmospheric effect or to accompany the action in a play. It was provided ‘incidentally’ as far back as Gr. drama. Purcell wrote much incidental mus. for the th. of his day, and there are dozens of superb examples since the early 19th cent., e.g. Beethoven's for Goethe's Egmont, Mendelssohn's for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Grieg's for Ibsen's Peer Gynt, Bizet's for Daudet's L'Arlésienne, Fauré's and Sibelius's for Maeterlinck's Pelléas et Mélisande, Walton's for Shakespeare's Macbeth, etc. Music for films and TV is also in a sense ‘incidental music’.

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incidental music

in·ci·den·tal mu·sic • n. music used in a film or play as a background to create or enhance a particular atmosphere.

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