Music: The New Patronage

In Haydn's day, every culture-loving nobleman supported a composer on the place. Prince Nicolas ("the Magnificent") Esterhazy fully supported Haydn and his orchestra for nearly 30 years. The composer had to wear a court uniform and dished up music on order, but he got his chance to become the era's most famed composer. A generation later, public concerts began to thrive and noble patronage to bow out. In 20th century Europe the state shoulders the load. In the U.S., until recently, there has been only a scattering of such dedicated individuals as the...

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