6
MUSIC IN SALONS

Musical Entertainment in the Social
and Intellectual Salons

The Musical Training and Contribution
of Amateurs

Most of Warsaw’s salons invited some kind of musical entertainment, and, naturally, the extent and the quality of musical performances reflected the tastes and the musical skills of the hosts. Along with other essentials of education, some level of musical training was expected of all members of the middle and upper classes. It was no secret that by learning to play the piano a young man provided himself with the opportunity to court his lady while making music with her, or that by nurturing artistic talents a young woman could show her social standing and attract a suitor. In 1833 the Polish press reprinted the following description of Warsaw’s social life from an unidentified Berlin periodical.

Warsaw represents all the elements of educated, attractive and glam-
orous society. Some local women are writers, and though their works
can be considered literary experiments, they are not without wit and
originality; and since they received a much better education than
women in southern countries, their conversations are more reasoned
and full of life and wit…. In general, everybody here dances charm-
ingly, ladies play the piano splendidly, and draw some (though until
now only one true piano talent [Szymanowska?] has been produced

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  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - Historical and Cultural Background 10
  • 2 - Instrument Production 28
  • 3 - Music Publishing 54
  • 4 - Musical Education 107
  • 5 - Salons- Background and Intellectual Trends 147
  • 6 - Music in Salons 177
  • 7 - Musical Theater 217
  • 8 - Concert Life 254
  • Select Bibliography 299
  • Index of Names 311
  • General Index 325
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