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Listening in Paris: A Cultural History (Studies on the History of Society and Culture) Hardcover – January 13, 1995


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  • Series: Studies on the History of Society and Culture (Book 21)
  • Hardcover: 363 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (January 13, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520085647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520085640
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,277,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In a fascinating new book . . . Johnson traces the evolution of audience silence in the concert halls and opera houses of Paris." -- New York Times

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James H. Johnson is Assistant Professor of History at Boston University.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating account of musical life in Paris between 1750 and 1850. Although Johnson is trying to discover why opera audiences became silent during this period, he has a lot more than just silence on his mind. The book explores the decline of aristocratic control over music and its take-over by bourgeois audiences; it also traces how music moved from being a cerebral experience to an emotional one. Johnson writes extremely well, and knows how to pick appropriate and witty anecdotes to keep the text moving along. This is one of the few books that both academic scholars and ordinary readers should be able to appreciate and enjoy; it is easily one of the best books on music history to come along in years, and fun to read as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Chandler on June 29, 2013
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The overwhelming majority of books about classical music deal primarily with the composers' lives and/or the nature of their music. This book concentrates on the audiences: their changing expectations, evolution of concert settings and social conventions , and many more considerations that have helped define how audiences today approach live music performances.

I agree with all the previous reviewer 's comments. I read the book in its paperback form, but I'm buying now for my Kindle reader so that I can easily copy quotations to send to friends for discussion.
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