Posted by Cassia on July 21, 1997 at 17:39:31:
In reply to Men Making Music? posted by Kelley on July 20, 1997 at 01:30:48
] I've been wondering about this for some time. Did Regency men ever receive music lessons or was that simply a "female" activity? Most of the composers, if not all, at the time were male. However, we never read of Darcy, Knightley, Wentworth, etc. pulling out the sheet music for some rousing entertainment. Frank Churchill sings, but that seems to be about it. Any clues?
Men played but unlike their female counterparts it wasn't considered to be a necessary part of their education. So a talentless son would usually get to quit while an untalented daughter was made to soldier in.
Nearly all professional musicians were male, though.
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