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WILLIAM WEBER

Dr. William Weber has always expressed his love for musical history in his teachings and in his life
works. He is currently a professor of History in the California State University in Long Beach whose
research specialty is the social history of music in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He got his
Masters and PHD in the University of Chicago producing his excellent dissertation: Music and the
Middle Class: The Social Structure of Concert Life in London, Paris and Vienna, 1830-48.

He has rendered his teaching prowess to a number of schools. He has been in the History departments
of institutions like California State University, University of York in Great Britain, and Cambridgeshire
College of Arts & Technology and has been a visiting professor of the University of California and Royal
College of Music. He has taught a variety of subjects like Social History of Musical Life, Theory and
Methods of History, Literature of Modern European History, and Comparative Revolutions among many
others.

He has supervised student teachers also, and directed in-service training programs in the California
International Studies Program. He is even on the State Advisory Board of the California Council of the
Social Sciences. He has also been the Vice-President of the American Historical Association in charge of
the teaching Division.

Although his teaching career speaks more of History, he has written a lot of papers or articles pertaining
to Musical History. His dissertation is one to note which was translated into Japanese by Tomoko Kido
for the Hosei University Press in 1983 and republished with a new introduction by Ashgate Press. He has
written books like The Rise of Musical Classics in Eighteenth-Century England: A Study in Canon, Ritual
and Ideology for Oxford: Clarendon Press in 1992, The Great Transformation of Musical Taste: Concert
Programming from Haydn to Brahms for the Cambridge University Press in 2008 and has been the
editor for The Musician as Entrepreneur, 1700 1914: Managers, Charlatans and Idealists at the
William Andrews Clark Library in 2001.

Among his articles are Canonicity and Collegiality: Other Composers, 1790-1850, for Common
Knowledge in 2008, The History of Musical Canons for the Oxford Press in 1999, his review essay
Beyond Zeitgeist: Recent Work in Music History in 1994 for the Journal of Modern History, Redefining
the Status of Opera: London and Leipzig, 1800-1848 for the Journal of Interdisciplinary History in 2006,
and Did People Listen in the Eighteenth Century? which was an Early Music Special Issue in 1997. In
addition, Dr. Webber has also co-written other articles with other writers and was also Associate Editor
turned Editor for the journal The History Teacher. His writing life is filled with articles all worth looking
into.

He has well immersed himself in his field, working with musicologists as much as historians. He has been
a part of associations like the American Musicologal Society, the American Society for the 18th-Century
Studies, the Samuel Johnson Society of Southern California and the Society for History Education.
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