The economics of Mozart

This is a reprise from  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…


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