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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

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

Katherine Kolb

Oxford University Press

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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