The musical and theatrical press is central to our understanding of
nineteenth-century musical culture. It provided a parallel universe to
that of the theatre, church, café-concert and concert hall, giving its
original reading public vicarious access to those same pleasures. Press
criticism contains material that helps us grasp how music, dramaturgy and
ballet were understood, and, with its wealth of detail on interpretation
and production values, has tangible practical value on the operatic stage
or in the concert hall today.
France: Musiques, Cultures, 1789-1918 responds to the importance of the
press as part of a cultural history of music in a number of ways:
- 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.
- The project is supported by around 200 scholars world-wide, 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.
- who meet annually, and usually in Paris, to present papers and to
discuss the progress of the project. Links to reports, programmes
and abstracts are given below.
- The project publishes a number of additional digital resources which
are made available on this website <here>
To download the latest edition of the 'Notes for Research Assistants',