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Consuming Music, Commodifying Sound, 1750-1850

The period from 1750 to 1850 witnessed unprecedented growth in the musical marketplace. This was an age in which the proliferation of print technologies, the widening distribution of instruments for domestic use, and the gradual establishment of public music institutions across England and the Continent altered the patterns of circulation for music in its printed and sounding form. 

This conference investigates such developments in musical materialism from a multiplicity of perspectives: What role did burgeoning consumerism play in the formation of taste and consumer identity? In what ways did the commodification of music parallel the commodification of other material goods? What can be learned, for instance, from placing the commercialization of music in the context of visual culture? What effects did political institutions have on the climates of consumption across Europe? Is there a relationship between patterns of consumption and musical style? Finally, who were music marketers, and who were music consumers?

Hosted by Yale University from October 5-6, "Consuming Music, Commodifying Sound," includes a variety of papers addressing these and other questions. 

Sponsored by the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund, the MacMillan Center, the Yale Center for British Art, the History of Art Department, the History Department, and the Department of Music.