French Cultural Politics and Music: From the Dreyfus Affair to the First World War

French Cultural Politics and Music: From the Dreyfus Affair to the First World War

Jane F. Fulcher

This ebook attracts upon either musicology and cultural background to argue that French musical meanings and values from 1898 to 1914 are top defined now not when it comes to modern creative hobbies yet of the political culture.

During those years, France used to be present process many sophisticated but profound political alterations. Nationalist leagues solid new modes of political task, as Jane F. Fulcher info during this vital research, and hence the entire taking part in box of political motion was once enlarged. Investigating this transitional interval in gentle of a number of fresh insights within the parts of French background, sociology, political anthropology, and literary conception, Fulcher indicates how the hot departures in cultural politics affected not just literature and the visible arts but in addition song. Having misplaced the conflict of the Dreyfus affair (legally, at least), the nationalists set their attractions at the paintings international, for they thought of France's inventive achievements the precise ability for furthering their notion of "French identity." French Cultural Politics and track: From the Dreyfus Affair to the 1st international War illustrates the ways that the nationalists successfully designated the song international for this function, utilizing critics, academic associations, live performance sequence, and lectures to disseminate their values in terms of private and non-private discourses on French song. Fulcher then demonstrates how either the Republic and much Left spoke back to this problem, utilizing courses and associations in their personal to release counterdiscourses on modern musical values.

Perhaps most significantly, this e-book absolutely explores the frequent impression of this politicized musical tradition on such composers as d'Indy, Charpentier, Magnard, Debussy, and Satie. by way of viewing this fertile cultural milieu of clashing sociopolitical convictions opposed to the wider heritage of aesthetic contention and competition, this paintings addresses the altering notions of "tradition" in music--and of modernism itself. As Fulcher issues out, it used to be the traditionalist faction, no longer the Impressionist one, that finally triumphed within the French musical realm, as witnessed by way of their "defeat" of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

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