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The Careers of British Musicians, 1750–1850
A Profession of Artisans

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  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511038648

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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.

    • Focuses on the day-to-day lives of musicians, their careers and personal concerns as a way of understanding the musical life of the time
    • Unlike most musicology, it includes all musicians and not just elite composers and performers in a few important musical institutions
    • Links social and economic context for music-making with larger musical questions
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    '… scholars will welcome its thoroughness, reliability and accessibility … it is hoped that the seeds Dr Rohr has sown will continue to bear fruit.' Eighteenth-Century Music

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511038648
    • contains: 1 map 21 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. The social and professional status of musicians in the eighteenth century
    2. Social profile
    3. Patronage
    4. Musical education
    5. Church musicians
    6. Secular musicians: singers
    7. Secular musicians: instrumentalists
    8. Teachers, composers, and entrepreneurs
    9. The fortunes of musicians
    10. The struggle for social and professional status
    Epilogue
    Appendix
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Deborah Rohr, Skidmore College, New York
    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.

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