Essay on the Origin of Languages and Writings Related to Music

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Overview

Jean-Jacques Rousseau the writer-philosopher was a practicing musician and theorist for years before publication of his first Discourse, but scholars have neglected these fertile, inexhaustible ideas because they were either unavailable in a critical edition or viewed as standing outside the aegis of his system of thought. This graceful translation remedies both those failings by bringing together the Essay with a comprehensive selection of the musical writings. Many of the latter are responses to authors like Rameau, Grimm, and Raynal, and a unique feature of this edition is the inclusion of writings by these authors to help establish the historical and ideological context of Rousseau's writings and the intellectual exchanges of which they are a part.
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"The volume shows that his work on music is not a by-way but belongs to the mainstream of his thought. For Rousseau, the volume shows, music is inseperable from the distinctive expressions of different human cultures and gives voice to the moral passions of the people. A brief but informative survey of the writings provides an excellent introduction to the substance of the volume . . . Invaluable to all serious students of Rousseau." —Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584658009
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Series: Collected Writings of Rousseau Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 660
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN T. SCOTT, Assistant Professor of Political Science and in the Honors College, University of Houston, is currently completing a book on Rousseau's political theory.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology of Works in Volume 7
Introduction
Note on the Text
Plan Regarding New Signs for Music 1
Letter to the Mercure on a New System of Musical Notation 21
Dissertation on Modern Music 27
Letter on Italian and French Opera 99
Letter on "Omphale" (Grimm) 106
Remarks on the Subject of the Letter by M. Grimm on "Omphale" (Raynal) 115
Letter to M. Grimm on the Subject of the Remarks Added to His Letter on "Omphale" 121
"Notice" to Rinaldo da Capua's La Zingara 133
Letter from a Symphonist of the Royal Academy of Music to His Comrades in the Orchestra 134
Letter on French Music 141
Observations on Our Instinct for Music and on Its Principle (Rameau) 175
Articles from the Encyclopedia 198
Errors on Music in the Encyclopedia (Rameau) 222
Continuation of the Errors on Music in the Encyclopedia (Rameau) 251
On the Principle of Melody, or Response to the "Errors on Music" 260
Examination of Two Principles Advanced by M. Rameau in His Brochure Entitled: "Errors on Music in the Encyclopedia" 271
Essay on the Origin of Languages 289
Pronunciation 333
On Theatrical Imitation 337
The Levite of Ephraim 351
Dictionary of Music 366
Letter to Mr. Burney and Fragments of Observations on Gluck's "Alceste" 486
Extract from a Response by the Underlaborer to His Frontman Concerning a Piece from Gluck's "Orfeo" 506
App "Enfin, il est en ma puissance," from Lully's Armide 511
Notes 515
Index 605
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