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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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Paris: A Walking Tour

(p.1) Introduction
Composing the Citizen

Jann Pasler

University of California Press

This chapter introduces the city of Paris. It shows that one can easily find the distinction of French faith or French culture in the use of the arts (such as music) within the physical geography of the city. It describes the structure of Paris as a possible model for thinking about the structure of the musical world. It then studies the Parisian landscape and topography, as well as the apparent web of symbolic relationships that are present. Next it views the city as a context for everyday life, thus turning the various monuments, structures, and urban occurrences into frameworks for what Michel de Certeau calls the “regimes of domination and control.” It also shows how the official structures in Paris orient and elevate certain perspectives. The final part of the chapter explains the main purpose of the book and discusses the legacy of the Third Republic.

Keywords:   Paris, French culture, physical geography, musical world, Parisian landscape, symbolic relationships, topography, Third Republic

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