France: Musiques, Cultures, 1789-1918
à France: Musiques, Cultures, 1789-1918
France: Musiques, Cultures,
1789-1918 is a project covering all aspects of music in France in the long
nineteenth century: music in the theatre, instrumental, military, popular, and
sacred music, historiography, pedagogy and theory. We encourage and
promote research of all types in the field: documentary, cultural,
biographical, hermeneutic, bibliographical, archival, and analytical. We also
develop work at the boundaries of musicology, dance history, theatre, medicine,
science, ideas, and jurisprudence. At the heart of our work lies analysis
of the musical press, and the press more broadly conceived, as it relates to
music. In order to link more efficiently with partner organisations, we
engage with the long nineteenth century from 1789 to 1918.
The project encompasses:
- a network of over 250 academics, librarians, graduate
students and postdoctoral researchers with interests in the music of the
French long nineteenth century, linked by a JISC discussion group: http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/FRENCH-MUS-CRIT.html.
The JISCMAIL list is open to all interested scholars. Anyone wishing to
join the Network, via this e-discussion list, is very welcome.
Please email Katharine Ellis: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a list of the network members, click on the link at the bottom of this
- a repository of over 3000 digitized, searchable texts
relating to French music and ballet in the nineteenth century, never
before available on open access. (See 'Collections' and 'Search
Collections'). The project centres on a database of digitally-edited
texts, grouped in discrete <collections> that are made up of the
collected works of a single author, the contents of a single journal, a
dossier de presse of a single work, or of another coherent grouping of
material. These collections are made up of newly-acquired data and
the repurposing of pre-existing analogue material. They can be searched
selectively or globally.
- bibliographical resources, work in progress and
information of a more general nature, contributed by members of the
Network and mounted in the hope that users will contribute updates. (See
- one international conference per year. Meetings are
routinely bilingual (French/English), and alternate locations between
Paris (even-numbered years) and the USA (odd-numbered years; two days
before each annual meeting of the American Musicological Society).
For details of previous conferences, click on the links below:
Paris 2008; Montréal 2009; Brussels 2010; Indianapolis 2010; Paris 2011; Paris 2012;
Paris 2014; Paris 2015;
Paris 2016; Paris 2017; Rochester 2017; Paris
for our conference in Venice, 11-13 July 2022 is here.
The project is managed by Katharine
Ellis (University of Cambridge) and Mark Everist (University of
Southampton). Its web presence and databases are hosted by the Department of
Music, University of Southampton.
The project was initially set up as 'Francophone Music Criticism, 1789-1914'
with the specific aim of exploring the role of music in the French press in the
long nineteenth century. It was funded originally with a two-year network
grant from the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council (2006-08), and managed
by the Institute of Musical Research at the School of Advanced Study, the
University of London. Grants from the School of Advanced Study (2006-08
and 2008-09), led to funding from the British Academy, the University of
Southampton, and further awards from the Arts and Humanities Research
Council. The network has since gained funding from various sources, for
the creation of the web resource. In 2017, the network agreed to broaden
its focus from press criticism to French musical culture more generally.. To see a full list of funders,
To see a full list of members,