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Beyond BachMusic and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century$
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Andrew Talle

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040849

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252040849.001.0001

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The Mechanic and the Tax Collector

The Mechanic and the Tax Collector

(p.32) Chapter 2 The Mechanic and the Tax Collector
Beyond Bach

Andrew Talle

University of Illinois Press

Chapter two sheds light on the demographics of instrument ownership, chiefly through the analysis of a list of persons who bought clavichords between 1721 and 1757 from a maker in Braunschweig named Barthold Fritz. Special attention is devoted not only to the builder himself but also to one of his customers, a tax collector named Johann Heinrich Heyne whose instrument is preserved today in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Heyne was typical of Fritz’s customers in that he was wealthy, male, involved in intellectual rather than physical work, and employed by the court in Braunschweig. Fritz’s goals in building instruments, and Heyne’s goals in buying this particular instrument, are examined in terms of the visual images each voluntarily used to decorate them.

Keywords:   Fritz, Heyne, Victoria and Albert Museum, Braunschweig, Clavichord, Customers, Ownership Demographics

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