Consuming Music

Consuming Music

Individuals, Institutions, Communities, 1730-1830

Edited by Emily H. Green, Catherine Mayes


University of Rochester Press



This collection of nine essays investigates the consumption of music during the long eighteenth century, providing insights into the activities of composers, performers, patrons, publishers, theorists, impresarios, and critics.
The successful sale and distribution of music has always depended on a physical and social infrastructure. Though the existence of that infrastructure may be clear, its organization and participants are among the least preserved and thus least understood elements of historical musical culture. Who bought music and how did those consumers know what music was available? Where was it sold and by whom? How did the consumption of music affect its composition? How was consumers' musical taste shaped and by whom?

Focusing on the long eighteenth century, this collection of nine essays investigates such questions from a variety of perspectives, each informed by parallels between the consumption of music and that of dance, visual art, literature, and philosophy in France, the Austro-German lands, and the United States. Chapters relate the activities of composers, performers, patrons, publishers, theorists, impresarios, and critics, exploring consumers' tastes, publishers' promotional strategies, celebrity culture, and the wider communities that were fundamental to these and many more aspects of musical culture.

CONTRIBUTORS: Glenda Goodman; Roger Mathew Grant; Emily H. Green; Marie Sumner Lott; Catherine Mayes; Peter Mondelli, Rupert Ridgewell, Patrick Wood Uribe, Steven Zohn

Emily H. Green is assistant professor of music at George Mason University. Catherine Mayes is assistant professor of musicology at the University of Utah.


35 black and white, 11 line illustrations
264 pages
9x6 in
Eastman Studies in Music
Hardback, 9781580465779, February 2017
eBook, 9781782049227, February 2017
University of Rochester Press
BISAC MUS020000, MUS004000, HIS037050
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Music's First Consumers: Publishers in the Late Eighteenth Century
Inside a Viennese Kunsthandlung: Artaria in 1784
Morality and the "Fair-Sexing" of Telemann's Faithful Music Master
Eighteenth-Century Mediations of Music Theory: Meter, Tempo, and Affect in Print
Musical Style as Commercial Strategy in Romantic Chamber Music
In Vienna "Only Waltzes Get Printed": The Decline and Transformation of the Contredanse Hongroise in the Early Nineteenth Century
The Power to Please: Gender and Celebrity Self-Commodification in the Early American Republic
Exchanging Ideas in a Changing World: Adolph Bernhard Marx and the Berliner allgemeine musikalische Zeitung in 1824
Parisian Opera between Commons and Commodity, ca. 1830

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