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The Careers of British Musicians, 1750-1850 : A Profession of Artisans - Deborah Rohr

The Careers of British Musicians, 1750-1850

A Profession of Artisans

Hardcover Published: 8th October 2001
ISBN: 9780521580953
Number Of Pages: 246

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The study of the social context of music must consider the day-to-day experiences of its practitioners; their economic, 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 economic 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 not only on social and economic 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.

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List of abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
The social and professional status of musicians in the eighteenth centuryp. 6
Social profilep. 22
Patronagep. 40
Musical educationp. 62
Church musiciansp. 86
Secular musicians: singersp. 100
Secular musicians: instrumentalistsp. 113
Teachers, composers, and entrepreneursp. 134
The fortunes of musiciansp. 154
The struggle for social and professional statusp. 165
Epiloguep. 181
Appendixp. 185
Notesp. 188
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780521580953
ISBN-10: 0521580951
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 8th October 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.48