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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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Use, the Useful, and Public Utility

Use, the Useful, and Public Utility

A Theory of Musical Value

(p.53) 1 Use, the Useful, and Public Utility
Composing the Citizen

Jann Pasler

University of California Press

This chapter is concerned with the concept of usefulness. It tries to determine why this concept is still deeply meaningful in France, and examines the “useful” in music. It studies the tensions that exist between the beautiful and the useful, along with the factors that kept the notion of utility viable, especially in the arts. Finally, the chapter discusses the concept of public utility and its power, and shows how music can be considered as a public utility.

Keywords:   usefulness, utility, public utility

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