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Music and the French Revolution

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David Charlton, Julian Rushton, Michael Robinson, Catherine Massip, Philippe Obousser, Roger Cotte, Elizabeth Bartlet, David Galliver, Cynthia M. Gessele, Ora Frishberg Saloman, Jean-Louis Jam, Herbert Schneider, Gabriella Biagi Ravenni and Beate Angelika Kraus
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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521081870
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  • Rouget de Lisle's famous anthem, La marseillaise, admirably reflects the confidence and enthusiasm of the early years of the French Revolution. But the effects on music of the Revolution and the events that followed it in France were more far-reaching than that. Hymns, chansons and even articles of the Constitution set to music in the form of vaudevilles all played their part in disseminating Revolutionary ideas and principles; music education was reorganized to compensate for the loss of courtly institutions and the weakened maitrises of cathedrals and churches. Opera, in particular, was profoundly affected, in both its organization and its subject matter, by the events of 1789 and the succeeding decade. The essays in this book, written by specialists in the period, deal with all these aspects of music in Revolutionary France, highlighting the composers and writers who played a major role in the changes that took place there. They also identify some of the traditions and genres that survived the Revolution, and look at the effects on music of Napoleon's invasion of Italy.

    • The marseillaise was not the only piece of music to convey political ideas
    • These essays describe what happened to music - especially opera - during and after the Revolution
    • Contributions from French, British, German and American scholars
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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521081870
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editorial preface
    Introduction: exploring the Revolution David Charlton
    Part I. Elements of Continuity 'Royal Agamemnon':
    1. the two versions of Gluck's Iphigenie en Aulide Julian Rushton
    2. Opera buffa into opera comique, 1771–1790 Michael Robinson
    3. Periodical editions of music at the time of the French Revolution Catherine Massip
    4. The French string quartet, 1770-1800 Philippe Oboussier
    5. Francois Giroust, a Versailles musician of the revolutionary period Roger Cotte
    Part II. Revolutionary Opera:
    6. The new repertory at the Opera during the Reign of Terror
    7. revolutionary rhetoric and operatic consequences Elizabeth Bartlet
    8. Lenore, ou L'amour conjugal: a celebrated offspring of the Revolution David Galliver
    9. On redefinitions of rescue opera David Charlton
    Part III. Music and the New Politics:
    10. The Conservatoire de Musique and national music education in France, 1795–1800 Cynthia M. Gessele
    11. French Revolutionary perspectives on Chabanon's De la musique of 1785 Ora Frishberg Saloman
    12. Marie-Joseph Chenier and Francois-Joseph Gossec: two artists in the service of Revolutionary propaganda Jean-Louis Jam
    13. The constitutions set to music during the Revolution Herbert Schneider
    Part IV. Napoleon and After:
    14. The French occupation of Lucca and its effects on music Gabriella Biagi Ravenni
    15. Beethoven and the Revolution
    16. The view of the French musical press Beate Angelika Kraus
    Index.

  • Editor

    Malcolm Boyd

    Contributors

    David Charlton, Julian Rushton, Michael Robinson, Catherine Massip, Philippe Obousser, Roger Cotte, Elizabeth Bartlet, David Galliver, Cynthia M. Gessele, Ora Frishberg Saloman, Jean-Louis Jam, Herbert Schneider, Gabriella Biagi Ravenni and Beate Angelika Kraus

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