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- DescriptionIn 1700, most composers were employees of ble courts or the church. But by the nineteenth century, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Verdi, and many others functioned as freelance artists teaching, performing, and selling their compositions in the private marketplace. While some believe that Mozart's career marks a clean break between these two periods, this book tells the story of a more complex and interesting transition. F. M. Scherer first examines the political, intellectual, and ecomic roots of the shift from patronage to a freelance market. He describes the eighteenth-century cultural arms race among ble courts, the spread of private concert halls and opera houses, the increasing attendance of middle-class music lovers, and the founding of conservatories. He analyzes changing trends in how composers acquired their skills and earned their living, examining such impacts as demographic developments and new modes of transportation. The book offers insight into the diversity of composers' ecomic aspirations, the strategies through which they pursued success, the burgeoning music publishing industry, and the emergence of copyright protection. Scherer concludes by drawing some parallels to the ecomic state of music composition in our own times. Written by a leading ecomist with an unusually broad kwledge of music, this fascinating account is directed toward individuals intrigued by the world of classical composers as well as those interested in ecomic history or the role of money in art.
- Author BiographyF. M. Scherer is Aetna Professor Emeritus at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and the author of many books.
- Author(s)F. M. Scherer
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication24/06/2012
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleThe Princeton Economic History of the Western World
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note27 line illus.
- Weight371 g
- Width152 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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