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The Musical Aspects and Roles of Court

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  • Musicology


The growth of music public in the 18th and 19th centuries could be examined in various public spheres such as theater, salon, concert and etc. This paper focuses on role of court as a prestage of forming music public based on the cases of several courts: Berlin, Dresden, Paris, Parma, Stuttgart and Vienna. The role of court for the growth of music public can be summarized as follows. First, as the patron of composer, singer and instrumental players, court gave them the working opportunity, permanent position, financial support. Second, it became an import channel for the new and foreign works. Third, it was the role model for the aristocracy and high middle class to suggest the musical taste and pattern of musical activity. Fourth, it influenced on public music sphere in several way, e.g., by supporting the public theater and concert financially; through the private relationship between court and the head of public institution. Fifth, court shared their musical collection with the musical salons of high aristocracy and finally transmitted it's musical collection to the future generation

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