This volume explores the way in which composers, performers, and critics shaped individual and collective identities in music from Europe and the United States from the 1860s to the 1950s. Selected essays and articles engage with works and their reception by Richard Wagner, Georges Bizet (in an American incarnation), Lili and Nadia Boulanger, William Grant Still, and Aaron Copland, and with performers such as Wanda Landowska and even Marilyn Monroe. Ranging in context from the opera house through the concert hall to the salon, and from establishment cultures to counter-cultural products, the main focus is how music permits new ways of considering issues of nationality, class, race, and gender. These essays - three presented for the first time in English translation - reflect the work in both musical and cultural studies of a distinguished scholar whose international career spans the Atlantic and beyond.
Contents: Introduction. Part I Music and Politics in Late Nineteenth-Century France: ‘Cette musique sans tradition’: Wagner’s Tannhäuser and its French critics (2009); Visual pleasures - musical signs: dance at the Paris Opéra (2005); Oscarine and Réginette: a comic interlude in the French reception of Wagner (2007); Gendering the nations: the ideologies of French discourse on music (1870-1914) (2001); Disruptive histories: telling the story of modern music in France (2006). Part II Musical identities in the United States in the 1930s and ‘40s: Aaron Copland, Nadia Boulanger, and the making of an ‘American’ composer (2006); ‘Presenting a great truth’: William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony (1930) (2011); ‘Dixie Carmen’: war, race, and identity in Oscar Hammerstein’s Carmen Jones (1943) (2010). Part III Gender Politics in Music: Rheinsirenen: Loreley and other Rhine maidens (2006); Creating Madame Landowska (2006); La Guerre en dentelles: women and the Prix de Rome in French cultural politics (1998); Composing as a Catholic: rereading Lili Boulanger’s vocal music (2006); Lili Boulanger’s La Princesse Maleine: a composer and her heroine as literary icons (1997). Index.
The titles in this series bring together a selection of previously published and some unpublished essays by leading authorities in the field of critical musicology. The essays are chosen from a wide range of publications and so make key works available in a more accessible form. The authors have all made a selection of their own work in one volume with an introduction which discusses the essays chosen and puts them into context. A full bibliography points the reader to other publications which might not be included in the volume for reasons of space. The previously published essays are published using the facsimile method of reproduction to retain their original pagination, so that students and scholars can easily reference the essays in their original form.