Women and musical salons in the Enlightenment

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The University of Chicago Press,, Chicago, United States, p.xxii, 365 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01030269, (OCoLC)fst01104198, (OCoLC)fst01177510, (OCoLC)fst01178179, (OCoLC)fst01178182, 18e siècle, 18e siècle., 18th century, 18th century., bisacsh, Compositrices, Europe, États-Unis, fast, Femmes mécènes de la musique, Histoire, Histoire et critique., History, History and criticism., Music, MUSIC / History & Criticism., Music., Musiciennes, Musique, Salons, Salons littéraires, Salons., United States, Women composers, Women composers., Women music patrons, Women music patrons., Women musicians, Women musicians.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [329]-353) and index.Musical salons as liminal spaces: salonnières as agents of musical culture -- Sensuality, sociability, and sympathy: musical salon practices as enactments of Enlightenment -- Ephemerae and authorship in the salon of Madame Brillon -- Composition, collaboration, and the cultivation of skill in the salon of Marianna Martines -- The cultural work of collecting and performing in the salon of Sara Levy -- Musical improvisation and poetic painting in the salon of Angelica Kauffman -- Reading musically in the salon of Elizabeth Graeme -- Conclusion."Interest in music sociability during the eighteenth century, including domestic and semi-domestic music-making, has been steadily growing. As scholars have noted, musical salons were crucial in providing a space where women could perform in public, which was otherwise impossible, for the most part. In this book, music scholar and performer Rebecca Cypess focuses on the figure of the salonnière, the female host at the center of most musical salons in Europe and America in the second half of the eighteenth century. Through case studies include the salons of Anne-Louise Brillon in Paris, Marianna Martines in Vienna, Sara Levy in Berlin, Elizabeth Graeme in Philadelphia, and the painter Angelika Kauffman in Rome, Cypess addresses several far-reaching issues in Enlightenment musical culture. Among them are questions having to do with collaboration and improvisation vs. authorship, sensual vs. intellectual experiences, the role of women in 'governing' the salons and collecting musical scores and instruments, and how these collections can function as texts that illuminate the lived experiences of eighteenth-century music. In this richly written book, Cypess draws on letters, diaries, and other written documents, as well as iconography, to make connections with non-musical practices, including games, and to recreate the salon as an immersive musical and creative environment"--Binding: Includes dust-jacket.