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From servant to savant, musical privilege, property, and the French Revolution, Rebecca Dowd Geoffroy-Schwinden

'From Servant to Savant' exposes the fundamental role that the French Revolution played in the emergence of modern professional musicianship. Geoffroy-Schwinden demonstrates how the French Revolution set the stage for the emergence of so-called musical 'Romanticism' among the likes of Beethoven and the legacies that continue to haunt musical institutions and industries
Table Of Contents
Cover -- From Servant to Savant -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Note on Translation of Sources -- Introduction -- On Privilege, Property, and Professionalization -- The Abolition of Privilege -- The Politics of Historiography and the Archive -- Chapter Summaries -- Part I Musical Privilege -- 1 Legal Privilège and Musical Production -- The Privilege to Perform -- Musical Privilege in Publishing, Commerce, and Manufacturing -- Privilege as Property -- The "Dilution" of Privilege -- 2 Social Privilège and Musician- Masons -- French Masonry, Music, and Parisian Sociability -- Brother Servants and Occasional Brothers -- Talented Brothers, Architects of Music, and Free Associates -- Fellow Professionals and Savants -- "A Little Lesson in Social Harmony" -- Part II Property -- 3 Private Property: Music and Authorship -- Proprietary Tremors on the Eve of Revolution -- From Musical Privilege to Musical Property -- The "Declaration of the Rights of Genius" -- 4 Public Servants -- From Pleasing Paris to Serving the Nation -- An Institution of Their Own -- Patriotic Servants -- Professionalization and Public Patronage -- 5 Cultural Heritage: Music as Work of Art -- Music and the Fine Arts under the Revolution -- The Conservatory's "Museum" of Musical Works -- The Museum's Imperial Agenda -- "The Edifice Is Rising" -- Cultural Property and Artworks for the Future -- 6 National Industry: Music as a "Useful" Art and Science -- Music, the Useful Arts, and Mechanical Invention -- Interlude: A Method in the Madness -- Mechanical Innovations: Useful to Whom? -- The Conservatory's Design for a "Romantic Machine" -- Postlude: A "Detractor" Breaks His "Silence" -- Conclusion: Privilege by Any Other Name -- Appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
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non fiction
Also issued in print: 2022
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1 online resource (337 pages)
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