School of Music's Assistant Professor of Musicology, Dr. Catherine Mayes, explores the forces that affected the consumption, distribution, and marketing of music during the eighteenth century in a collection of nine essays entitled Consuming Music: Individuals, Institutions, Communities, 1730–1830, of which she is a co-editor and contributing author.
This newly published volume focuses on the parallels between the consumption of music and that of dance, visual art, literature, and philosophy in France, the Austro-German lands, and the United States. Some of the questions addressed include: Who bought music in the long eighteenth century and how did those consumers know what music was available? Where was it sold and by whom? How did the consumption of music affect its composition? What individuals and market forces shaped consumers’ musical taste?
Dr. Mayes joined the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Utah as an assistant professor of musicology in 2012. She currently teaches courses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music, music bibliography, and special topics in musicology.