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Composing the CitizenMusic as Public Utility in Third Republic France$
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Jann Pasler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257405

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257405.001.0001

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Music as Resistance and an Emerging Avant-garde

Music as Resistance and an Emerging Avant-garde

(p.493) 9 Music as Resistance and an Emerging Avant-garde
Composing the Citizen

Jann Pasler

University of California Press

This chapter explains how music can help mobilize people. It mentions the “En revenant de la revue”, which helped mobilize people to vote against the parliamentary republic and contributed to the popularity of General Boulanger. It studies how music and musical taste became a barometer of political sentiment after the 1885 elections questioned the opportunists' continued control of government. It then reviews the Ancien Régime and lists the “movements” that were critical of the artistic agendas of republicanism. Finally, the chapter studies intuition, the républicains opportunists, and their belief on art and universal significance.

Keywords:   political sentiment, Ancien Régime, artistic agendas, republicanism, intuition, universal significance, républicains opportunists

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