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The Musician as Entrepreneur, 1700-1914 : Managers, Charlatans, and Idealists - William E. Weber

The Musician as Entrepreneur, 1700-1914

Managers, Charlatans, and Idealists

By: William E. Weber (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 9th November 2004
ISBN: 9780253344564
Number Of Pages: 280

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To be successful, a musician often has to be an entrepreneur: someone who starts a performing venue, develops patrons, and promotes the project aggressively. Accomplishing this requires musicians to acquire social and business skills and to be highly opportunistic in what they do. In The Musician as Entrepreneur, 1700--1914, international scholars investigate cases of musical entrepreneurship between around 1700 and 1914 in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States. By uncovering the ways in which musicians such as Telemann, Beethoven, Paganini, and Liszt conducted their daily business, the authors reveal how musicians reshaped the frameworks of musical culture and, in the process, the nature of the music itself.

Weber is an excellent music historian and the book will please all readers interested in musical sociology . . . July 2005 * Choice *

Prefacep. vii
Overview of the Subject
The Musician as Entrepreneur and Opportunist, 1700-1914p. 3
The Musician of the Imaginationp. 25
Early Musical Entrepreneurs
Changing Times, Changing Music: "New Church" Music and Musicians in Leipzig, 1699-1750p. 61
Selling the Serious: The Commodification of Music and Resistance to It in Germany, circa 1800p. 81
Concert Management in the Nineteenth Century
From the Self-Managing Musician to the Independent Concert Agentp. 105
Bernard Ullman-Henri Herz: An Example of Financial and Artistic Partnership, 1846-1849p. 130
Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso as Strategistp. 145
"An Audience for High-Class Music": Concert Promoters and Entrepreneurs in Late-Nineteenth-Century Londonp. 162
Women as Entrepreneurs
Embodiment and Opportunity: Bodily Capital, Gender, and Reputation in Beethoven's Viennap. 185
Entrepreneurial Women Musicians in Britain: From the 1790s to the Early 1900sp. 198
Countess Greffulhe as Entrepreneur: Negotiating Class, Gender, and Nationp. 221
Contributorsp. 257
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780253344564
ISBN-10: 0253344565
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 9th November 2004
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.59