By James H. Johnson

ISBN-10: 0520206487

ISBN-13: 9780520206489

Beginning with the easy query, "Why did audiences develop silent?" Listening in Paris supplies a spectator's-eye view of opera and live performance lifestyles from the previous Regime to the Romantic period, describing the transformation in musical adventure from social occasion to profound aesthetic come across. James H. Johnson recreates the event of audiences in the course of those wealthy many years with brio and wit. Woven into the narrative is an research of the political, musical, and aesthetic elements that produced extra engaged listening. Johnson indicates the slow pacification of audiences from loud and unruly listeners to the attentive public we all know today.

Drawing from quite a lot of sources—novels, memoirs, police records, own correspondence, newspaper stories, architectural plans, and the like—Johnson brings the performances to existence: the hubbub of eighteenth-century opera, the exuberance of innovative audiences, Napoleon's musical authoritarianism, the bourgeoisie's well mannered attention. He singles out the song of Gluck, Haydn, Rossini, and Beethoven as in particular very important in forging new methods of listening to. This book's theoretical side will entice cultural and highbrow historians in lots of fields and periods.

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