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Author Scherer, F. M. (Frederic M.)

Title Quarter notes and bank notes : the economics of music composition in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries / F.M. Scherer.

Published Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2004.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Music  331.7617813 SCHE  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 264 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Series The Princeton economic history of the Western world.
The Princeton economic history of the Western world.
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-258) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. The Political, Social, and Economic Milieu -- Ch. 3. Music Composition as a Profession -- Ch. 4. Composers' Backgrounds, Aspirations, and Economic Rewards -- Ch. 5. The Geography of Composer Supply and Demand -- Ch. 6. Changes in Transportation and Composers' Mobility -- Ch. 7. The Economics of Music Publishing -- Ch. 8. Conclusion -- App. to Ch. 1. A Currency Conversion Matrix -- App. to Ch. 4. Consumption Outlays of Robert and Clara Schumann, 1841.
Summary "F. M. Scherer 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 factors 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 such success, the burgeoning music publishing industry, and the emergence of copyright protection." "This account is directed toward individuals intrigued by the world of classical composers as well as those interested in economic history of the role of money in art."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Composers -- Economic conditions -- 18th century.
Composers -- Economic conditions -- 19th century.
ISBN 0691116210 : £22.95