This book explores what music is (or ought to be) about and how music is produced and consumed, bought and sold. It examines whether the union of music and business is a good or a bad thing, focusing on topics ranging from ownership and control to the legalities of music as expressed in copyright, intellectual property right and other forms of ‘right’. To probe into the commercial aspects of music, the book looks at trends encompassing the eighteenth century to the present, such as the leasing of some of the assets of a Venetian opera house in 1714; choral music in the North of England during the late Victorian and Edwardian periods; how local publishers sustained a thriving culture of mostly amateur music-making in the late nineteenth century and beyond; the transformation of concert life in London and the rise of the West End as a shopping centre; and the relationship between Claude Debussy, a leading composer, and Jacques Durand, a leading publisher.
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