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Thread #134020 Message #3047858
Posted By: Ron Davies
06-Dec-10 - 09:58 PM
Thread Name: Are most composers smokers?
Subject: RE: Are most composers smokers?
I deduce from the question marks after his description that the poster who defined composers as "white males of the leisure class..." does not himself accept that definition.
I certainly hope so.
1) There were lots of composers before the 19th century, as I suspect we all know.
2) Before Beethoven, of those whose music has survived, most were not of the "leisure class". Usually in fact, considered of the "servant class"--and treated as such. Even after Beethoven most composers would not have considered themselves "of the leisure class"
--most had a hard time economically.
Only if a poster thought that classical music was primarily the field of dilettantes who had time to kill-- thus could dabble in music-- would he hazard a definition like the "leisure class" one. Possible aim of said poster:: to contrast the effete results of classical composers' efforts with salt- of- the- earth good honest folk music. Not that any Mudcatter would want to do that, of course.
Very few composers had as solid a day job as Frederick the Great did.
Ah well, we can hope the whole thing was just arch irony. Again, not that any Mudcatter would want to do that.