« Explicitly or not, the historical musicology of post-Revolutionary France has focused on Paris as a proxy for the rest of the country. This distorting lens is the legacy of political and cultural struggle during the long nineteenth century, indicating a French Revolution unresolved both then and now. In light of the capital’s power as the seat of a centralizing French state (which provincials found ‘colonizing’) and as a cosmopolitan musical crossroads of nineteenth-century Europe, the struggles inherent in creating sustainable musical cultures outside Paris, and in composing local and regionalist music, are ripe for analysis. Replacement of ‘France’ with Paris has encouraged normative history-writing articulated by the capital’s opera and concert life. Regional practices have been ignored, disparaged or treated piecemeal. »
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