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Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn

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ISBN-10: 0521413532

ISBN-13: 9780521413534

Edition: 1993

Authors: Simon W. McVeigh

List price: $103.00
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During the second half of the eighteenth century, the pace of Londons concert life quickened dramatically, reflecting both the prosperity and the commercial vitality of the capital. The most significant development was the establishment of the public concert within the social and cultural life of fashionable society. The subscription concerts that premiered symphonies by J. C. Bach and Haydn were conspicuous symbols of luxury, even though they were promoted on broadly commercial lines. Drawing on hitherto untapped archival sources and a comprehensive study of daily newspapers, this book analyses audiences at venues as diverse as the Hanover Square Rooms, Vauxhall Gardens and City taverns.…    
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Book details

List price: $103.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/19/1993
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 324
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Map of London in the second half of the eighteenth century
Prologue
The Social Role of the Concert
'An exclusive principle': subscription and ancient concerts
Other types of concert
The concert in London life
Attracting an Audience
The musical product: novelty and familiarity
The musical product: programming
Taste and national idioms
Musical style: 'music intended to reach the heart'
Musical style: the learned, the sublime and the dramatic
Concert Management and the Musician
The finances of concert promotion
Life as a professional musician
The practicalities of concert promotion
Epilogue
Appendices
Notes
Musical sources
Select bibliography
Index