Historical Interplay in French Music and Culture, 1860-1960

Mawer, Deborah, ed. (2018) Historical Interplay in French Music and Culture, 1860-1960. Routledge, London and New York. ISBN 9781472474759; 9781315586847 (ebk)

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Abstract

This edited volume of case studies presents a selective history of French music and culture, but one with a dynamic difference. Eschewing a traditional
chronological account, the book explores the nature of relationships between
one main period, broadly the ‘long’ modernist era 1860–1960, and its own
historical ‘others’, referencing topics from the Romantic, classical, baroque,
renaissance and medieval periods. It probes the emergent interplay, intertextualities and scope for reinterpretation across time and place. Notions
of cultural meaning are paramount, especially those pertaining to French
identity, national and individual. While founded on historical musicology,
the approach benefits from interdisciplinary association with philosophy,
political history, literature, fine art, film studies and criticism. Attention is
paid to French composers’ celebrations and remakings of their predecessors.
Editions of and writings about earlier music are examined, together
with the cultural reception of performances of past repertoire. Organized
into two parts, each of the eleven chapters characterizes a specific cultural
network or temporal interplay, which may result in synthesis, disjunction, or
historical misreading. The interwar years and those surrounding the Second
World War prove particularly rich sources of enquiry. This volume aims to
attract a wide readership of musicologists and musicians, as well as cultural
historians, other humanities scholars and concert-goers.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: W300 Music
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA35: Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Deborah Mawer
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2018 09:28
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2018 09:30
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5714

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