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Cosmopolitan, National, and Regional Identities in Eighteenth-Century European Musical Life

William Weber

in The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195341867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195341867.013.0009

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Cosmopolitan, National, and Regional Identities in Eighteenth-Century European Musical Life

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This article determines how scholars have defined cosmopolitanism. It suggests how this concept can be applied to musical life, and studies how geography is played out with cultural authority. It compares how composers from various regions held concerts in Paris, Vienna, London, and Leipzig during the 1780s by referring to the texts of the concert programs. The discussion shows that concerts were relevant in opera life, and that cosmopolitanism in musical culture should be viewed as a political process.

Keywords: cosmopolitanism; cultural authority; musical life; composers; concerts; concert programs; opera life; musical culture

Article.  8247 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Musicology and Music History

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