Once musicians such as Mozart were little more than court servants; now they are multimillionaire superstars wielding more power than politicians. How did this extraordinary change come about?
Tim Blanning's brilliantly enjoyable book examines how everything from the cult of the romantic to technology and travel all fed the inexorable rise of music in the West, making it the most dominant and ubiquitous of the art forms. Encompassing balladeers, the great composers, jazz legends and rock gods, this is an enthralling story of power, patronage, creativity and genius.
About The Author
Tim Blanning is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy. His books include The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture, The French Revolutionary Wars, 1787-1802, The French Revolution in Germany, Joseph II and Reform and Revolution in Mainz. His last book, The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815 won the Enid McLeod Literary Prize for 2007.