The Musician as Entrepreneur, 1700-1914

The Musician as Entrepreneur, 1700-1914

Managers, Charlatans, and Idealists
Edited by 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.

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“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.”

“Weber is an excellent music historian and the book will please all readers interested in musical sociology . . . July 2005”
 — Choice

“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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