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Quarter Notes and Bank Notes

The Economics of Music Composition in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Scherer, F. M. (Book - 2004)
Quarter Notes and Bank Notes
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In 1700, most composers were employees of noble 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 new book tells the story of a more complex and interesting transition. F. M. Scherer first examines the political, intellectual, and economic roots of the shift from patronage to a freelance market. He describes the eighteenth-century cultural "arms race" among noble 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' economic 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 economic state of music composition in our own times. Written by a leading economist with an unusually broad knowledge of music, this fascinating account is directed toward individuals intrigued by the world of classical composers as well as those interested in economic history or the role of money in art.
Authors: Scherer, F. M. (Frederic M.)
Title: Quarter notes and bank notes
the economics of music composition in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2004
Characteristics: x, 264 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: F.M. Scherer
Contents: Introduction
The political, social, and economic milieu
Music composition as a profession
Composers' backgrounds, aspirations, and economic rewards
The geography of composer supply and demand
Changes in transportation and composers' mobility
The economics of music publishing
ISBN: 9780691116211
Branch Call Number: 331.7617 S326q 2004
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-258) and index
Subject Headings: Composers Economic conditions 19th century Composers Economic conditions 18th century
Topical Term: Composers
LCCN: 2003053645
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