- The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music
- Introduction: Defining the New Cultural History of Music, Its Origins, Methodologies, and Lines of Inquiry
- Gender, Performativity, and Allusion in Medieval Services for the Consecration of Virgins
- Music, Violence, and the Stakes of Listening
- Music and Pain
- “The Road into the Open”: From Narrative Closure to the Endless Performance of Subjectivity in Mahler and Freud at the Turn of the Century
- Understanding Schoenberg as Christ
- The Strange Landscape of Middles
- The Genre of National Opera in a European Comparative Perspective
- Cosmopolitan, National, and Regional Identities in Eighteenth-Century European Musical Life
- Mendelssohn on the Road: Music, Travel, and the Anglo-German Symbiosis
- “Shooting the Keys”: Musical Horseplay and High Culture
- Yvette Guilbert and the Revaluation of the <i>Chanson Populaire</i> and <i>Chanson Ancienne</i> during the Third Republic, 1889–1914
- Remembrance of Jazz Past: Sidney Bechet in France
- An Evening at the Opera in Seventeenth-Century Venice
- Josquin des Prez, Renaissance Historiography, and the Cultures of Print
- From “the Voice of the Maréchal” to Musique Concrète: Pierre Schaeffer and the Case for Cultural History
- A Matter of Style: State Sacrificial Music and Cultural-Political Discourse in Southern Song China (1127–1279)
- <i>Ernani</i> Hats: Italian Opera as a Repertoire of Political Symbols during the Risorgimento
- Modalities of National Identity: Sibelius Builds a First Symphony
- Beethoven, Napoleon, and Political Romanticism
- Translating Herder Translating: Cultural Translation and the Making of Modernity
- The Eye of the Needle: Music as History after the Age of Recording
- Afterword: Whose Culture? Whose History? Whose Music?
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This article focuses on Pierre Schaeffer's personal experience, creative journey, and understanding during the postwar years. It first looks at his spiritually and philosophically-driven quest to develop a new culture of communication with the youth of Vichy France. It is here where he learned how the radio transforms messages, either through masking or revealing meaning. It then studies how the medium of transmission may increase the sense of a work of art, and how a new technology can transform artistic traditions. The article also tries to show how Schaeffer attempted to express his own experience and provoke deep reflection on artistic language.
Jane Fulcher is Professor of Musicology at the University of Michigan. She has received research awards in both the United States and Europe, including The American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities (two awards), the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the National Humanities Center, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey (where she was the Edward T. Cone member in Music Studies for 2003-04). In addition, she has three times been invited to be visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
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