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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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Imagining a New Nation through Music

Imagining a New Nation through Music

New Traditions, New History

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Composing the Citizen

Jann Pasler

University of California Press

This chapter demonstrates how music signaled the end of the Moral Order and the beginning of a new political era. It describes how the republicans believed that art could influence a person's perception of the world and shape his/her behavior. It shows that music helped the French reconceive their history and led to the rise of a specifically republican narrative of French identity. It notes the changes that occurred in schools and at the opéra, which were due to the new values imposed by the republicans. The chapter also presents a reevaluation of luxury and the question of opéra, and looks at how the republicans tried to encourage national solidarity and form a sense of musical history.

Keywords:   Moral Order, political era, republican narrative, French identity, opéra, musical history, luxury, national solidarity

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