Posted by Emelye on April 28, 1998 at 08:14:04:
In response to Sorry, written by Andrea Jutson on April 26, 1998 at 01:21:35
] But the men were even better at these same instruments and when they cared to share their talents they certainly did.
] Really? I didn't know that- I'm sorry. It's just that I thought true "gentlemen" wouldn't play musical instruments, because they didn't have to earn a living from it (as Maggie Lane said). If they wanted music, I always supposed they'd get a servant (or a lady) to do it, as it says in all the JA books I've ever read (which is all of them, actually:-) Because I know musicians were always considered servants, until Beethoven.
] Oh well- thanks for setting me right, Patricia!:-)
] -Andrea Jutson
Didn't Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, etc. make a living because of wealthy men who wanted them to compose not only operas and masses, but also chamber music that they themselves could play? Someone has a theory that there were so many great German and Austrian composers because the aristocracy of those countries has such a deep appreciation for music! And in most european countries, the wealthy would be patrons for starving musicians. You wouldn't do that unless you liked music and enjoyed playing it.
- Mixed Ken 12:48:53 4/28/98 (3)
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