The music of power: Parisian opera and the politics of genre, 1806–1864

Everist, Mark (2014) The music of power: Parisian opera and the politics of genre, 1806–1864 Journal of the American Musicological Society, 67, (3), pp. 685-734. (doi:10.1525/jams.2014.67.3.685).


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Music for the stage has always been embedded in a network of power relationships between states, impresarios, librettists, artists, entrepreneurs, and composers. This article seeks to understand and explain how these relationships functioned in the period when French music drama was subject to a system of licenses, 1806–64. At the center of the inquiry are institutional structures and their relationship to those responsible for both the creation and the cultivation of stage music in the period. They explain the context for the cultural agents and products not only of the main opera houses in nineteenth-century Paris—the Opéra, the Opéra-Comique, and the Théâtre-Italien—but also of the host of smaller, shorter-lived institutions that supported and promoted opera during the period.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1525/jams.2014.67.3.685
ISSNs: 0003-0139 (print)
Keywords: opera, paris, stage, power, politics
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Organisations: Music
ePrint ID: 373411
Date :
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1 December 2014Published
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 10:07
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 06:49
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