Use, the Useful, and Public Utility

Jann Pasler

in Composing the Citizen

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257405
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943872 | DOI:
Use, the Useful, and Public Utility

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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

Chapter.  19551 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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