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Composing the Citizen


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Preface Acknowledgments Introduction. Paris: A Walking Tour Topographies of Power: The Semiotics of the Parisian Landscape--Negotiating Life in the City--New Promenades in the Aural Landscapes of Paris--The Legacy of the Third Republic Part 1. Forming Public Spirit and Useful Citizens 1. Use, the Useful, and Public Utility: A Theory of Musical Value Tensions between the Useful and the Beautiful--Satisfying Social Needs and Creating the Nation--Music as Utilite Publique 2. Reinscribing the Revolutionary Legacy Public Instruction of Mind and Heart--Music in Public Festivals--National Institutions--Music, Character, and the Utility of Gender Part 2. Shaping Judgment and National Taste 3. Music as Political Culture: From Active Listening to Active Citizenship Political Legitimacy and Civic Society--Republican Pedagogy, Cultural Integration, and Citizenship--Performance and Public Taste under the Moral Order 4. Regenerating National Pride: Musical Progress and International Glory Moral and Musical Progress--Exporting French Music and French Values--Arts Policy and the Utility of Competition--Contradictions and Paradoxes Part 3. Instituting Republican Culture 5. Imagining a New Nation through Music: New Traditions, New History Enacting Change at Schools and the Opera--Reevaluating Luxury and the Question of Opera--Renarrating the Revolution--Reconceiving Music History 6. An Ideology of Diversity, Eclecticism, and Pleasure Promoting Diversity and Eclecticism--Redefining Music's Utilite Publique--Exploring Uncharted Territory 7. Musical Hybridity and the Challenges of Colonialism Musical Fantasies Fueling Colonialist Desire--Music and Colonial Assumptions--Songs Inspiring Resistance 8. Useful Distractions and Economic Liberalism in the Belle Epoque Department Stores--Competition in the Musical World--Expanded Performance Opportunities, Including for Women--Theater and Popular Entertainment Part 4. Shifting Notions of Utility: Between the Nation and the Self 9. Music as Resistance and an Emerging Avant-garde Reviving Memory of the Ancien Regime--Wagner's Threatening Allure--Art beyond Politics, Music of and for the Mind--Intuition and Radically New Concepts of Music 10. The Symbolic Utility of Music at the 1889 Universal Exhibition Republican Values on Display--The Utility of Exotic Music--The Exhibition in Retrospect 11. New Alliances and New Music Mandating Change--The New Left's Hopes--The New Right's Alliances in Politics and Music--Revisiting Musique ancienne et moderne 12. The Dynamics of Identity and the Struggle for Distinction Race and French History--Listening through Women-Fusion versus Distinction--From the Useful to the Healthy Coda Appendix A. Important Political and Musical Events in the Early Third Republic Appendix B. References in Menestrel to Performances of French Operas Abroad, 1872-1888 Appendix C. Selected Publications on Revolutionary Music after 1870 List of Illustrations List of Musical Examples Illustration Credits Index

About the Author

Jann Pasler is Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego. Among her books is Confronting Stravinsky: Man, Musician, and Modernist (UC Press) and Writing through Music: Essays on Music, Culture, and Politics.


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

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