Imagining a New Nation through Music

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:
Imagining a New Nation through Music

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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

Chapter.  22356 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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