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Listening in Paris

Listening in Paris - 95 edition

Listening in Paris - 95 edition

ISBN13: 9780520206489

ISBN10: 0520206487

Listening in Paris by James S. Johnson - ISBN 9780520206489
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 95
Copyright: 1995
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 1995
International: No
Listening in Paris by James S. Johnson - ISBN 9780520206489

ISBN13: 9780520206489

ISBN10: 0520206487

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 95

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Summary

Beginning with the simple question, ''Why did audiences grow silent?''Listening in Parisgives a spectator's-eye view of opera and concert life from the Old Regime to the Romantic era, describing the transformation in musical experience from social event to profound aesthetic encounter. James H. Johnson recreates the experience of audiences during these rich decades with brio and wit. Woven into the narrative is an analysis of the political, musical, and aesthetic factors that produced more engaged listening. Johnson shows the gradual pacification of audiences from loud and unruly listeners to the attentive public we know today. Drawing from a wide range of sources--novels, memoirs, police files, personal correspondence, newspaper reviews, architectural plans, and the like--Johnson brings the performances to life: the hubbub of eighteenth-century opera, the exuberance of Revolutionary audiences, Napoleon's musical authoritarianism, the bourgeoisie's polite consideration. He singles out the music of Gluck, Haydn, Rossini, and Beethoven as especially important in forging new ways of hearing. This book's theoretical edge will appeal to cultural and intellectual historians in many fields and periods.

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