The economics of Mozart

by on January 25, 2006 at 4:45 am in Music | Permalink

This is a reprise from www.2blowhards.com.  Excerpt:

[Mozart] ran into another problem for an artist dependent
on an aristocractic audience: war. An unpopular war with Turkey that
began in 1788 limped on through 1791. Opera production virtually halted
and concert activity plummeted as the aristocracy, fearing conscription
into the army, headed for the provinces en masse. For Mozart, the
consequence of these economic reverses was, as Maynard Solomon notes,
something close to a total breakdown, leaving him deeply depressed and
impairing his productivity.

By the way, here is my earlier post on Mozart and Baumol’s cost-disease.  Here are Mozart’s economic insights, excerpted from his diary.  Under the fold, you can read Mozart on income and substitution effects…

1 Gabriel Mihalache January 25, 2006 at 5:35 am

I think it’s funny that in a few hunded years time people will have the same kind of passion you have, but for contemporary artists. (Snoop Dogg’s lost diary?, Radiohead’s comments on politics?) Weird stuff!

2 Continental Drift January 25, 2006 at 8:52 am

Chris — Is that a dollar today, or a dollar in 200 years?

3 Robert Schwartz January 25, 2006 at 1:30 pm

Mozart belonged to the last generation that of composers who lived on patronage. The French revolution/Napoleonic wars destroyed the nobility who had been the patrons and the next generation of composers became entrepenure/performers.

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