The study of the social context of music must consider the day-to-day experiences of its practitioners; their ecomic, social, professional, and artistic goals; and the material and cultural conditions under which these goals were pursued. This book traces the daily working life and aspirations of British musicians during the sweeping social and ecomic transformation of Britain from 1750 to 1850. It features working musicians of all types and at all levels - organists, singers, instrumentalists, teachers, composers, and entrepreneurs - and explores their educational background, their conditions of employment, their wages, the systems of patronage that supported them, and their individual perceptions. Deborah Rohr focuses t only on social and ecomic pressures but also on a range of negative cultural beliefs faced by the musicians. Also considered are the implications of such conditions for their social and professional status, and for their musical aspirations.
Deborah Rohr is Associate Professor of Music at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Her research interests include the social history of music, music and gender, and rhythm in tonal music and she has published in the Journal of Musicological Research.