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:
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, click here.