1st Edition

Music by Subscription Composers and their Networks in the British Music-Publishing Trade, 1676–1820

Edited By Simon D.I. Fleming, Martin Perkins Copyright 2022
    270 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book breaks new ground in the social and cultural history of eighteenth-century music in Britain through the study of a hitherto neglected resource, the lists of subscribers that were attached to a wide variety of publications, including musical works. These lists shed considerable light on the nature of those who subscribed to music, including their social status, place of employment, residence, and musical interests. Through broad analysis of subscription data, the contributors reveal insights into social and economic changes during the period, and the types of music favoured by groups like music clubs, the aristocracy, the clergy, and by men and women. With chapters on female composers and listeners, music and the slave economy, musical patronage, the print trade, and nationality, this book provides innovative perspectives that enhance our understanding of music’s social spheres, the emergence of music publishing, and the potential of digital musicology research.

    Chapter 1. Introduction. Simon D. I. Fleming and Matin Perkins

    Section 1. The Production of Musical Works by Subscription

    Chapter 2. Thomas Mace and the Publication by Subscription of Musick’s Monument (1676). Stephanie Carter

    Chapter 3. Cecilia Maria Barthélemon’s Three Sonatas, op 1. Michael Kassler

    Chapter 4. Maria Hester Park and her Subscribers. Lise Karin Meling

    Chapter 5. Publishing Music by Subscription in Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh: John Watlen and his Collections of Circus Tunes. Simon D. I. Fleming

    Chapter 6. William Felton and John Pixell: The Musical Circles of the Vicar Composer. Simon D. I. Fleming

    Section 2. The Consumption of Music Published by Subscription

    Chapter 7. Gentry, Servants, and Musicians: A Network of Subscribers in North-East England. Roz Southey

    Chapter 8. The Music-Making of the Bridgeman Family, Weston Park. Martin Perkins

    Chapter 9. A Big Data Study: Musical Societies in Subscription Lists. Simon D. I. Fleming and Martin Perkins

    Chapter 10. Strathspeys, Reels, and Instrumental Airs: A National Product. Karen E. McAulay

    Chapter 11. Profiting from the Slave Economy and Subscribing to Music: The British Experience in the Eighteenth Century. David Hunter

    Chapter 12. Foreign Composers, the Subscription Market, and the Popularity of Continental Music in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Simon D. I. Fleming


    Simon D.I. Fleming holds a PhD in music from Durham University, and formerly taught in the Department of Music. He is currently Head of Music at the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Darlington, UK.

    Martin Perkins holds a PhD from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City Unveristy, where he lectures in music history, theory, and performance.