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From “the Voice of the Maréchal” to Musique Concrète: Pierre Schaeffer and the Case for Cultural History

Jane F. Fulcher

in The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195341867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195341867.013.0016

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 From “the Voice of the Maréchal” to Musique Concrète: Pierre Schaeffer and the Case for Cultural History

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This article focuses on Pierre Schaeffer's personal experience, creative journey, and understanding during the postwar years. It first looks at his spiritually and philosophically-driven quest to develop a new culture of communication with the youth of Vichy France. It is here where he learned how the radio transforms messages, either through masking or revealing meaning. It then studies how the medium of transmission may increase the sense of a work of art, and how a new technology can transform artistic traditions. The article also tries to show how Schaeffer attempted to express his own experience and provoke deep reflection on artistic language.

Keywords: Pierre Schaeffer; culture; communication; Vichy France; radio; meaning; transmission; artistic traditions; new technology

Article.  11565 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Musicology and Music History

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