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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"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
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As to advice for others, I would only say that if you want to know, and in some detail, how Chopin earned his way, or Vivaldi, or a host of other reasonably well known composers, this is not the place to go, let alone how the lesser lights listed did so. (Only one of the 600 plus persons cited I do not know, at least by name; while I am not more than a person who enjoys greatly listening to music and do a great deal of it, I claim no particular musical expertise.) But, as I have already indicated, it was not for me a lively read, certainly not what I had thought it would be.
Still, an impressive group of persons including Harvard's president (my school), think highly of it as a ground breaking and important study. I can only say it wasn't that for me.