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Composing the Citizen: Music as Public Utility in Third Republic France

Jann Pasler


This book challenges modernist ideas about the value and role of music in Western society, demonstrating how music can help forge a nation. Exploring the history of Third Republic France, the book shows how French people from all classes and political persuasions looked to music to revitalize the country after the turbulent crises of 1871. Embraced not as a luxury but for its “public utility,” music became an object of public policy as integral to modern life as power and water, a way to teach critical judgment and inspire national pride. It helped people to forget the past, voice conflicting ... More

Keywords: democracy, critical judgment, national pride, musical taste, public policy

Bibliographic Information

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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Jann Pasler, author

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