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Berlioz on MusicSelected Criticism 1824-1837$
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Katherine Kolb

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199391950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.001.0001

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The Progress of Musical Education in France

The Progress of Musical Education in France

M. Joseph Mainzer and M. Aubéry du Boulley

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(p.252) 41 The Progress of Musical Education in France
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Berlioz on Music
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Katherine Kolb

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.003.0042

Berlioz’s dreams of making music on a grand scale, as in the great festivals of the Revolution of 1789, faced one great obstacle: the institutions undergirding those festivals, notably the church choir schools, had vanished. Yet the recent decree of universal primary-school education, and initiatives for military music and workers’ education, stirred his hopes. Before evoking visions of the future, he gives a wide-ranging analysis of the “barbarous” state of music as currently practiced. He then turns to the two impressive initiatives that occasion this article: the workers’ chorus founded by Mainzer; the efforts initiated by Aubéry du Boulley for musical education and performances in the provinces. There is a ring of Saint-Simonian fervor in the final call for a “great and beautiful revolution in our culture,” a call to educate the masses for the benefit of humanity and Berlioz’s own cherished art.

Keywords:   musical education, Aubéry du Boulley, Mainzer, workers’ chorus, civilizing powers of music

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