Music and the Middle Class: The Social Structure of Concert Life in London, Paris and Vienna

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

1. Governmental Archives

Materials in governmental archives on concert life are in almost all cases fragmentary and uninformative. A few records of concert licences, most of them from the 1820s, remain in London (Theater Collection, Public Record Office) and in Vienna (Central Administrative Registry, "Prison Income: Concert-Givers", Archive of the City of Vienna). In Paris the Archives Nationales have some interesting but difficult to interpret tax statistics on entertainments (Minister of the Interior, Bureau of Hospitals, F15 3867) and much more profitable Miscellaneous Papers on Shows and Cafés (F21 1038). The Library of the Hôtel de Ville contains similar information in a paper printed in 1849 of "l'Administration générale de l'assistance publique". The Archive of the Seine has a few papers of the Orphéon Society.


2. Records of Musical Institutions

This area is rich in highly informative sources for the period 1830-1848 and would seem to be even better for later in the century. The membership lists in Vienna cite occupations; those in Paris list addresses. Official papers, however, are in some cases (as in the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde and the Royal Academy of Music) not fully open to scrutiny.

London: The Papers of the Philharmonic Society ( British Museum) include Minutes of Directors' Meetings, Official Letters, Minutes of Annual Meetings, and printed lists of Subscribers to the Philharmonic Concerts (for the lists between 1843 and 1848, see the Papers of Sir George Smart). Also in the British Museum are the Concert Programs (including membership lists) of the Concerts of Ancient Music and the Musical Union (in the form of the Musical Record). The Library of the Royal College of Music holds the records of the Sacred Harmonic Society: Annual Reports of 1832-34 in manuscript (citing all new members) and those of 1839-48 in printed form, together with a List of Members of the Sacred Harmonic Society in 1848. The London Museum, the Guildhall Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum have extensive collections of concert programs.

Paris: The Bibliothèque Nationale contains principally the papers of Hector Berlioz, the Prince de la Moscowa, the Société Académique des Enfants d'Apollon, the Société des Concerts Vocales, and the Société Philharmonique. The Orchestra of Paris denies that any records remain from the Conservatory Concerts for the period prior to mid-century.

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