France: Musiques, Cultures, 1789-1918

The musical and theatrical press is central to our understanding of nineteenth-century musical culture. It provided a parallel universe to that of the theatre, church, café-concert and concert hall, giving its original reading public vicarious access to those same pleasures. Press criticism contains material that helps us grasp how music, dramaturgy and ballet were understood, and, with its wealth of detail on interpretation and production values, has tangible practical value on the operatic stage or in the concert hall today.

‘France: Musiques, Cultures, 1789-1918’ responds to the importance of the press as part of a cultural history of music in a number of ways:

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