The Musician as Entrepreneur, 1700-1914

The Musician as Entrepreneur, 1700-1914

Managers, Charlatans, and Idealists
William Weber
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/09/2004
Format: Hardback 24 b&w photos, 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-34456-4
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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.

Author Bio

William Weber, Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach, has written and edited several books on music history, culture, and class. He is an Associate of the William Andrews Clark Library.


“Weber and company set out to examine the movers and shakers, shapter, and adapters within various musical and geographical landscapes in court, city, and town.”
 —  Caryl Clark, University of Toronto

“It is the fascinating nature of the subject matter that marries scholarly disipline with intriguing reading . . .This is, quite simply, good stuff: well—written, solidly documented and, best yet, very interesting. The book will satisfy the thirst of historians, musicians and perhaps even an economist or two.”
 — American Music Teacher

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Table of Contents

I. Overview of the Subject
1. William Weber, "The Musician as Entrepreneur and Opportunist, 1700-1914"
2. Richard Leppert, "The Musician of the Imagination"
II. Early Musical Entrepreneurs
3. Tanya Kevorkian, "Changing Times, Changing Music: 'New Church' Music and Musicians in Leipzig, 1700-1750"
4. David Gramit, "Selling the Serious: The Commodification of Music and Resistance to it in Germany, c. 1800"
III. Concert Management in the Nineteenth Century
5. William Weber, "From the Self-Managing Musician to the Independent Concert Agent"
6. Laure Schnapper, "Bernard Ullman-Henri Herz: An Example of Financial and Artistic Partnership, 1846-1849"
7. Dana Gooley, "Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso as Strategist"
8. Simon McVeigh, "'An Audience for High-Class Music': The Musician as Entrepreneur in late Nineteenth-Century London"
IV. Women as Entrepreneurs
9. Tia DeNora, "Embodiment and Opportunity: Bodily Capital, Reputation and Social Difference in Beethoven's Vienna Partnership"
10. Paula Gillett, "Entrepreneurial Women Musicians in Britain: 1790s to the early 1900s"
11. Jann Pasler, "Countess Greffulhe as Entrepreneur: Negotiating Class, Gender, and Nation"