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Interpreting the Musical Past: Early Music in Nineteenth Century France

Katharine Ellis


What did it mean for French musicians to sing Handel's choral music in the 1870s, to defend the operas of Lully and Rameau against hostile criticism, or to vote for Palestrina, alongside plainchant, as being essential to the Catholic musical liturgy? The early music revival in France gives us a vivid sense of how music's cultural meanings were contested, distilled into dominant visions, and then often revised. Peppering the century are famous fakes, pastiches, and other creative negotiations between past and present. When contemporary witnesses described these phenomena, the resulting dissensi ... More

Keywords: Lully, Rameau, nationalism, Catholicism, revival, heritage, musical museum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195365856
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katharine Ellis, author
Royal Holloway, University of London