The Haydn economy : music, aesthetics, and commerce in the late eighteenth century /

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The University of Chicago Press,, Chicago, IL, United States ; London, United Kingdom,, 243 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00871620, (OCoLC)fst01030269, (OCoLC)fst01030314, (OCoLC)fst01030444, (OCoLC)fst01155558, 18e siècle, 18e siècle., 18th century, 18th century., Aspect économique, Aspect social, Austria, Autriche, Biographies., Biography., bisacsh, Composers, Composers., Compositeurs, Economic aspects, Economic aspects., fast, Histoire et critique., History and criticism., Music, MUSIC / History & Criticism., Music., Musique, Social aspects, Social aspects., Travel.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Introduction. Ringing coins ; Haydn and the city ; Media, motion, connection ; Commerce, interest, objects, work, value -- Commerce. Importation of Haydn, Warehouse aesthetics ; Mobility and credit ; A resonant world ; New addresses ; Music before the cliché -- Interest. Taking note(s) ; Psychic investments ; Disinterest and boredom ; Making musical interest ; The fate of interest -- Objects. Little boxes ; Pursuit of objects ; Objects, animals, people ; Haydn's musical objects ; Surface fantasies -- Work. Chapel master, chapel servant ; Liberty, work, stress ; The work of comedy ; Work, property, works ; The creation concept ; The industry concept ; Working concepts -- Epilogue: Value (1808). Of time and fashion; Romantic infrastructures ; Haydn recalled ; Gold is a mighty thing."With this ambitious book, musicologist Nicholas Mathew uses the remarkable career of Joseph Haydn to consider a host of critical issues: how we tell the history of the Enlightenment and Romanticism; the relation of late-eighteenth-century culture to nascent capitalism and European colonialism; and how the modern market and modern aesthetic values were-and remain-inextricably entwined. The Haydn Economy weaves a vibrant material history of Haydn's late career, extending from the sphere of the ancient Esterházy court to his frenetic years as an entrepreneur plying between London and Vienna, to his final decade as a venerable musical celebrity, where he witnessed the transformation of his legacy by a new generation of students and acolytes, Beethoven foremost among them. Ultimately, Mathew claims, Haydn's historical trajectory compels us to ask what we might usefully retain from the cultural and political practices of European modernity--whether we can extract and preserve its moral promise from its moral failures. And it demands that we confront the deep economic histories that continue to shape our beliefs about music, sound, and material culture."--Binding: includes dust jacket.