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Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn


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List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Map of London in the second half of the eighteenth century; 1. Prologue; Part I. The Social Role of the Concert: 2. 'An exclusive principle': subscription and ancient concerts; 3. Other types of concert; 4. The concert in London life; Part II. Attracting an Audience: 5. The musical product: novelty and familiarity; 6. The musical product: programming; 7. Taste and national idioms; 8. Musical style: 'music intended to reach the heart'; 9. Musical style: the learned, the sublime and the dramatic; Part III. Concert Management and the Musician: 10. The finances of concert promotion; 11. Life as a professional musician; 12. The practicalities of concert promotion; 13. Epilogue; Appendices; Notes; Musical sources; Select bibliography; Index.

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This book is a detailed investigation of a lively and innovative period in London's cultural life.


"...lends the subject important new perspectives." Notes "...McVeigh's excellent book vastly increases our knowledge and understanding." Choice "Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn has been ingeniously constructed to read both as history and parable...Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn not only charts a period of exceptional growth, but it organizes an astonishing number of untapped sources to do so." Times Literary Supplement " exhaustive guide to concert performances in the latter half of the eighteenth century. This is an encyclopedic work assembled by a meticulous scholar...a guide of the first order." James H. Johnson, Journal of Modern History "The range of things taken up heighten awareness of what goes into the making of any musical culture." Key Reporter

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