Roche, Christian. “Music in the Age of
Encyclopedism: Two Recent Studies.” Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 37, no. 3, Johns Hopkins University Press, Mar. 2004, pp. 497–500. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/ecs.2004.0030.
In the 18th century, music went through numerous changes and many musicians attempted reforms and desired to express their opinions on theory in music. Roche here provides a mix between a summary, an annotated bibliography, and an analysis of two studies on music in the time of the Encyclopédie, exploring their similarities and differences as well as their eye-opening thoughts and contributions to studies on music. The first source, Penser la musique dans l’Encyclopédie by Alain Cernuschi, explains the editors’ placement of music into the classification system and tree of knowledge. The second, Claude Dauphin’s La musique au temps des encyclopédistes, focuses on the actual content of the articles on music, what they mean and how they relate to past beliefs as well as the choice of authorship (i.e. Diderot choosing Rousseau over Rameau).
Country of Publication: United States
Main Classification: Music
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