Today (December 16th) is Jane Austen’s birthday! Every year I like to write a blog post to celebrate. This year I’m going to focus on music. Her whole family loved music, and she made a point to practice the piano every day.
You can see the Austen Family Music Books because they have been digitized by the Library Digitisation Unit, University of Southampton. They consist of eighteen printed and manuscript music books owned by members of the family, including Jane herself.
If you want to learn more, you can listen to performances of many of the songs found in these music books or mentioned in her letters or novels. We also have several scholarly books that discuss the importance of music in Jane Austen’s life and work.
The Routledge Companion to Jane Austen (see chapter 17)