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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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A Blacksmith’s Son

A Blacksmith’s Son

(p.171) Chapter 8 A Blacksmith’s Son
Beyond Bach

Andrew Talle

University of Illinois Press

Chapter eight presents a case study of music in daily life based on the manuscript autobiography of Johann Christian Müller from Stralsund. Müller grew up playing the keyboard recreationally and it became a focal point of his social life while he was studying at the university in Jena. He used his abilities at the keyboard to cultivate and maintain relationships with his friends, landlords, patrons, and other acquaintances. Music making also featured prominently in his later years as a house tutor in Eixen, where he cultivated an intimate relationship with Lotchen von Lillieström, one of the daughters of the aristocratic family he served. The keyboard lessons he offered became the primary basis for their spending time together and led to considerable controversy within the household and beyond.

Keywords:   Müller, Lillieström, Jena, Stralsund, Eixen, University, Tutoring, Lessons, Intimacy, Social Class Boundaries

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