Reading Critics Reading: Opera and Ballet Criticism in France from the Revolution to 1848
Roger Parker, Mary Ann Smart, Associate Professor of Music Mary Ann Smart
Oxford University Press, 2001 - History - 271 pages
This book is among the first to examine French opera and ballet criticism during the first half of the nineteenth century both as a historical and a literary phenomenon. It thus provides a new and badly needed perspective for scholars and other commentators who have often been willing to treatthe journalistic responses to such musical genres chiefly as a simple source of factual information. The essays, taken from a conference in Oxford in 1996, explore the kinds of problem encountered and the types of methodology that might be employed in trying to interpret these critical responses;they throw light on such aspects as the cultural attitudes underlying the writers' rhetoric, the aesthetic stances and ideological agendas at play, and how modes of production influenced content.
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