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Quarter Notes and Bank Notes: The Economics of Music Composition in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Princeton Economic History of the Western World) Paperback – June 24, 2012

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"Scherer has broken new ground with his exciting interdisciplinary approach and use of massive quantitative and qualitative data--the scale of this achievement cannot be overstated."---Siobhan McAndrew, Business History

"This new book by F.M. Scherer explores aspects of the music business in Western Europe during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and asks the question of how classical composers there made the transition from feudal to capitalist society. . . . Scherer brings a much-needed sense of maturity and respectability to the study of music and commerce. . . . Scherer's work on the economics of music publishing is especially informative. . . . Anyone interested in the rise of market practices in Europe will enjoy [this book], especially if they like casual music."---James P. Kraft, Enterprise & Society


"An excellent piece of work. I know of no other study of the economics of musical composition that has dealt with so large a sample of composers and has systematically analyzed their economic circumstances, their relation to the marketplace and with noble employers, their associations with music publishers, and a host of other fascinating subjects."―William J. Baumol, author of The Free-Market Innovation Machine

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  • Item Weight : 13 ounces
  • Paperback : 280 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0691155461
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0691155463
  • Product Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.7 x 9.21 inches
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press; Reprint Edition (June 24, 2012)
  • Language: : English
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