Musical Life in Biedermeier Vienna

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Cambridge University Press, 1985 - Music - 241 pages
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This book examines the impact of the daily life, political climate and artistic institutions of Vienna on its musicians and musical tastes between 1815 and 1830. Emphasis is given to Beethoven, Schubert, Paganini and Johann Strauss where their careers reflect typically Viennese musical life and when Viennese conventions may explain important turns in their lives. Attention is also paid to the incomes, service contracts and welfare of lesser-known musicians of the same period. An entire chapter is devoted to the regulation of music by the Austrian government, secret police and censors, since this period coincides with the height of Metternich's political power. Although the study is mainly intended for music historians and listeners, the book should also interest the Austrian, literary, theatre and political historian. Furthermore, the research presented here suggests that many of the intriguing questions and social issues in Vienna at the end of the nineteenth century, currently widely discussed by Schorske, Toulim and McGrath, are already present in Vienna in 1815.
  

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Contents

Foreignborn musicians in Vienna 181530 page
10
Annual incomes in Vienna c 181537
20
Musicians and the Austrian police
34
Music in the theater
61
Ticket prices in Viennas five major theaters c 1833
63
Operas performed in Vienna during 1824
68
Public concerts
82
Society concert expenses 182130
88
religious and military
127
Religious groups in Austria and Vienna
128
Listing of military marches by Beethoven Schubert and Johann Strauss I II
147
Popular music
150
Music impost taxes 181930
153
Financial records of balls
158
Summary epilogue
179
Appendix A Lament of the Viennese over the departure
196

Concerts of the Friends of Music
94
Music in the salon
109
Participants in Kiesewetters Hauskonzerte
125
Bibliography
222
Index
237
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