Social History of music in eighteencentury newspaper advertisements

Paul Sturges

The history of music is not necessarily the history of musical composition, though that is the topic that has most interested music historians over the years. In composition not only does music reach its purest expression, but it also takes the written form which permits it to be studied by the scholar. The history of music as the history of composition is therefore natural and understandable. Since the development of sound recording techniques a history of interpretation is also possible and the nuances of quality and performance that have only been conveyed obliquely by the words of listeners are now frozen in permanency for examination by subsequent generations. A history of musical interpretation can now enrich the story of composition.