Music as Political Culture

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:
Music as Political Culture

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This chapter tries to explain how music and concert life could contribute to the debates over national identity and the public good. It first discusses the uncertain stability that enveloped the early Republic during the 1870s and its political crisis. It introduces the concepts of political legitimacy and civic society, and addresses the challenges of legitimacy and consensus. It also shows how giving people the right to culture helped spread values, build community, and democratize taste, as well as presenting an example of the use of aesthetics and concert life to ideology.

Keywords: concert life; music; national identity; public good; political legitimacy; civic society; consensus; culture; aesthetics; ideology

Chapter.  30508 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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