French Music, Culture, and National Identity, 1870-1939

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This collection of new essays examines the relationships between discourses of French national and regional identity, political alignment, and creative practice during one of France's most fascinating eras: the Third Republic. The authors, from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, explore the ways in which the architects of the Third Republic (re)constructed France culturally and artistically, in part through artful use of the press and (at the 1889 Paris World's Fair) new technologies. The chapters also ...
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Overview

This collection of new essays examines the relationships between discourses of French national and regional identity, political alignment, and creative practice during one of France's most fascinating eras: the Third Republic. The authors, from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, explore the ways in which the architects of the Third Republic (re)constructed France culturally and artistically, in part through artful use of the press and (at the 1889 Paris World's Fair) new technologies. The chapters also investigate changing attitudes toward Debussy's opera Pelléas et Mélisande, attempts by composers and critics to define a musical canon, and the impact of religious education, spirituality, and exoticism for Gauguin and Jolivet. Tensions between the center and region are seen in celebrations for the national musical figurehead, Rameau, and in the cultural regionalism that flourished in the annexed territories of Alsace and Lorraine. Contributors: Edward Berenson, Katharine Ellis, Annegret Fauser, Didier Francfort, Brian Hart, Steven Huebner, Barbara L. Kelly, Detmar Klein, Deborah Mawer, James Ross, Marion Schmid, and Debora Silverman. Barbara L. Kelly is Professor of Musicology at Keele University.
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Editorial Reviews

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This brilliant series of publications now offers . . . this rich and fascinating portrait of the relationships between artistic creation and the representation of national identity during the Third Republic. . . . The volume contains some twenty illustrations that make the reading most pleasurable. In sum, a remarkable contribution, and an essential work for those who are interested in French cultural history. INTERSECTIONS (CANADIAN JOURNAL OF MUSIC/REVUE CANADIENNE DE MUSIQUE) (Marie-Noelle Lavoie) A distinguished collection of essays that will support and influence research on the fin-de-siècle for some time . . . An essential resource that deserves a place in the collection of every French scholar and academic music library. FONTES ARTIS MUSICAE (Keith E. Clifton)
Each contribution (i.e., chapter) adds to the growing literature on a musical, cultural, and political epoch that is rich in history and deep in complexity. . . . The volume is essential reading for the Francophile. MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NOTES (Brian Doherty) A compelling statement about the complexity of relationship between politics and art, culture and national identity, especially in fin-de siècle France, but also in many places and times besides. . . . (Individual chapters are) detailed and nuanced; concise, well-argued, and thoroughly documented. . . . The volume is historically rooted in the best ways. . . . The exploration of this ambivalence (at the time, about how French nationalism should be reflected in music) makes for a powerful statement. Accessible to musicologists and historians alike. A model for exploring the often-repeated, yet open-ended connections between music and politics, culture and identity. JOURNAL OF MUSICOLOGICAL RESEARCH (Sindhumathi Revuluri) Excellent essays by a lively mix of writers in different historical disciplines.... An indispensable source for anyone fascinated by fin-de-siècle France. -- Carlo Caballero (University of Colorado), author of Fauré and French Musical Aesthetics Advances an interpretive line that comes through with crystal clarity. . . . Music history and history tout court have more often than not pursued parallel paths, the one uninformed by the other. . . . The present volume will carry this conversation a valuable step further, and for this it deserves the gratitude of historians and musicologists alike. H-FRANCE REVIEW (Philip Nord)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580462723
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Series: Eastman Studies in Music, #54
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Keele University, England
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Timeline: Selective Chronology of Historical and Cultural Events, 1870-1939     xii
Introduction: The Roles of Music and Culture in National Identity Formation   Barbara L. Kelly     1
Heroism, Art, and New Media: France and Identity Formation
Unifying the French Nation: Savorgnan de Brazza and the Third Republic   Edward Berenson     17
New Media, Source-Bonding, and Alienation: Listening at the 1889 Exposition Universelle   Annegret Fauser     40
Debussy and the Making of a musicien francais: Pelleas, the Press, and World War I   Barbara L. Kelly     58
A bas Wagner!: The French Press Campaign against Wagner during World War I   Marion Schmid     77
Canon, Style, and Political Alignment
D'Indy's Beethoven   Steven Huebner     95
Messidor: Republican Patriotism and the French Revolutionary Tradition in Third Republic Opera   James Ross     112
The Symphony and National Identity in Early Twentieth-Century France   Brian Hart     131
Transcending the Word?: Religion and Music in Gauguin's Quest for Abstraction   Debora Silverman     149
Jolivet's Search for a New French Voice: Spiritual "Otherness" in Mana (1935)   Deborah Mawer     172
Regionalism
Rameau in Late Nineteenth-Century Dijon: Memorial, Festival, Fiasco   Katharine Ellis     197
Becoming Alsatian: Anti-German and Pro-French Cultural Propaganda in Alsace, 1898-1914   Detmar Klein     215
National Identity and the Double Border in Lorraine, 1870-1914   Didier Francfort   Translated by Christopher Moore     234
List of Contributors     251
Index     255
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