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Composing the Citizen: Music as Public Utility in Third Republic France (Hardback)

Jann Pasler

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ISBN 10: 0520257405 / ISBN 13: 9780520257405
Edité par University of California Press, United States, 2009
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. In a book that challenges modernist ideas about the value and role of music in Western society, Composing the Citizen demonstrates how music can help forge a nation. Deftly exploring the history of Third Republic France, Jann Pasler shows how French people from all classes and political persuasions looked to music to revitalize the country after the turbulent crises of 1871. Embraced not as a luxury but for its public utility , music became an object of public policy as integral to modern life as power and water, a way to teach critical judgment and inspire national pride. It helped people to forget the past, voice conflicting aspirations, and imagine a shared future. Based on a dazzling survey of archival material, Pasler s rich interdisciplinary work looks beyond elites and the histories their agendas have dominated to open new windows onto the musical tastes and practices of amateurs as well as professionals. This title presents a fascinating history of the period emerges, one rooted in political realities and the productive tensions between the political and the aesthetic. Highly evocative and deeply humanistic, Composing the Citizen ignites broad debates about music s role in democracy and its meaning in our lives. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780520257405

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Titre : Composing the Citizen: Music as Public ...

Éditeur : University of California Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2009

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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In a book that challenges modernist ideas about the value and role of music in Western society, "Composing the Citizen" demonstrates how music can help forge a nation. Deftly exploring the history of Third Republic France, Jann Pasler shows how French people from all classes and political persuasions looked to music to revitalize the country after the turbulent crises of 1871. Embraced not as a luxury but for its 'public utility', music became an object of public policy as integral to modern life as power and water, a way to teach critical judgment and inspire national pride. It helped people to forget the past, voice conflicting aspirations, and imagine a shared future. Based on a dazzling survey of archival material, Pasler's rich interdisciplinary work looks beyond elites and the histories their agendas have dominated to open new windows onto the musical tastes and practices of amateurs as well as professionals. This title presents a fascinating history of the period emerges, one rooted in political realities and the productive tensions between the political and the aesthetic. Highly evocative and deeply humanistic, "Composing the Citizen" ignites broad debates about music's role in democracy and its meaning in our lives.

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"A notable achievement... Recommended." Choice 20100708 "Destined to be debated and referenced for years to come. The issues it raises have never been more timely." Current Musicology 20101109 "This is an exceptional book -- cultural history at its richest and most thought-provoking." -- Nigel Simeone Journal Of Interdisciplinary History 20110617 "A significant contribution to the field of French musical studies, one that will lead to new perspectives." -- Michael Strasser Notes (Music Library Assoc) 20110304

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