Music and the Middle Class: The Social Structure of Concert Life in London, Paris and Vienna between 1830 and 1848

Music and the Middle Class: The Social Structure of Concert Life in London, Paris and Vienna between 1830 and 1848

by William Weber

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Overview

First published in 1975, Music and the Middle Class made a trail-blazing contribution to the social history of music, bringing together sociological and historical methods that have subsequently become accepted as central to the discipline of musicology. Moreover, the major themes of the book are ones which scholars today continue to grapple with: the nature of the middle class(es) and their role in cultural definition; the concept of taste publics distinct from social status; and the establishment of the musical canon. This classic text is reissued here in Ashgate's Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain series, though of course the book ranges beyond its study of London to discuss in detail the contrasting concert life of Paris and Vienna. This edition features a substantial new preface which takes into account the significant work that has been done in this field since the book first appeared, and provides a unique opportunity to assess the impact the book has had on our thinking about the European middle class and its role in musical life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351557559
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/05/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 212
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

General Editor's Series Prefacevii
General Editor's Foreword: Second Editionix
Preface: Second Editionxi
Prefacexxxv
Abbreviations of Periodical Titlesxxxvii
1Introduction1
2The Cultural Explosion: An Overview19
3The High-Status Popular-Music Public35
4The High-Status Classical-Music Public61
5The Low-Status Concert Public99
6Conclusion133
AppendixThe Size of the Middle Class147
Bibliography149
Tables159
Index169

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