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Listening in Paris: A Cultural History

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Beginning with the simple question, "Why did audiences grow silent?" Listening in Paris gives a spectator's-eye view of opera and concert life from the Old Regime to the Romantic era, describing the transformation in musical experience from social event to profound aesthetic encounter. James H. Johnson recreates the experience of audiences during these rich decades with brio and wit. Woven into the narrative is an analysis of the political, musical, and aesthetic factors that produced more engaged listening. Johnson shows the gradual pacification of audiences from loud and unruly listeners to the attentive public we know today.

Drawing from a wide range of sources—novels, memoirs, police files, personal correspondence, newspaper reviews, architectural plans, and the like—Johnson brings the performances to life: the hubbub of eighteenth-century opera, the exuberance of Revolutionary audiences, Napoleon's musical authoritarianism, the bourgeoisie's polite consideration. He singles out the music of Gluck, Haydn, Rossini, and Beethoven as especially important in forging new ways of hearing. This book's theoretical edge will appeal to cultural and intellectual historians in many fields and periods.

Synopsis:

This book grew from a simple question. Why did French audiences become silent? Eighteenth-century travelers' accounts of the Paris Opera and memoirs of concertgoers describe a busy, preoccupied public, at times loud and at others merely sociable, but seldom deeply attentive.

About the Author

James H. Johnson is Assistant Professor of History at Boston University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520206489
Author:
Johnson, James H.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Johnson, James H.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Paris
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Music appreciation
Subject:
Music -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Studies on the History of Society and Culture
Series Volume:
21
Publication Date:
19961231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
363
Dimensions:
9 x 5.88 x 0.88 in 18 oz

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