Public concerts were also offered in forms such as subscription concerts, where the paying general public had the opportunity to hear some of the same professional musicians and orchestral concerts formerly offered only to the aristocracy. The concept behind subscription concerts, was to sell prepaid tickets to a series of concerts, thus guaranteeing a financial return to the composer, musicians and promoters. Although the patronage system still was an important source of financial support for musicians during this era, composers began to have a new source of income through subscription concert ticket sales. Mozart wrote many of his orchestral compositions for subscription concerts in Vienna, and Haydn wrote some of his most famous symphonies, the London Symphonies, for a series of subscription concerts (Haydn participated in these subscription concerts after his service to his patrons, the royal Esterházy family ended). By the end of the late eighteenth century, public concerts were held throughout most major cities in Europe, and at these subscription concerts, the middle class could hear the latest concerto, symphony or traveling virtuoso, for the price of a ticket.
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