Dedicating Music, 1785-1850

May 2019
17 black and white, 7 line illustrations
252 pages
9x6 in
Eastman Studies in Music
ISBN: 9781580469494
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BIC AVA, 1DFG, 2AB, 3JF
BISAC MUS020000, MUS050000

Dedicating Music, 1785-1850

Emily H. Green

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A synchronic study that highlights the importance of printed packaging, rather than notes on the page, to the complex relationship between composers, publishers, and consumers of music
The use of title page dedications in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century marketplace for printed music reflects a changing financial and aesthetic landscape in which patronage was waning and independent artistry surging. Borrowing from the methods of book history and sociological theory, Dedicating Music, 1785-1850 is a study of musical print culture. Emily Green argues that title-page dedications designated written music as a noncommodifiable gift while presenting composers with opportunities for self-promotion. They also contributed to a new kind of branding by communicating composers' friendships and artistic allegiances.

Dedicating Music considers dedications issued in print between 1785 and 1850 in sets of overlapping corpuses: offerings to peers (as in Mozart's string quartets dedicated to Haydn); to patrons (as in Ignaz Pleyel's string quartets for Count Erdödy); to friends (as in Chopin's offering of Mazurkas for poet Stefan Witwicki); and dedications issued by publishers (as in Beethoven's song "In questa tomba oscura," included in publisher Tranquillo Mollo's collection offered to Prince Lobkowitz). The result is a synchronic study that highlights the importance of printed packaging, rather than notes on the page, to the complex relationship between composers, publishers, and consumers of music.

EMILY H. GREEN is Assistant Professor of Music at George Mason University.

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Table of Contents

Encountering Dedications
PART 1. MAINTAINING EARLY-MODERN MODELS
Gifting a Commodity
Selling a Gift
PART 2. COMMODIFYING THE COMPOSER
Sociability and Celebrity
Influence, Arrangement, and Authorship
Epilogue
Appendix A
Appendix B
Bibliography

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