Speaking for Whom? Using Opera Reviews from Strasbourg (1887–1918) to Clarify the Problematical Source Character of Music Criticism

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

    152 Downloads (Pure)

    Abstract

    Using Niklas Luhmann's observations on the functioning of media, this essay aims to show by analyzing the critics's self-image, their relations with authorities and theatre management, performers, and audiences that music criticism is not necessarily a reliable source about historic events – although using it thus is sometimes unavoidable –, but first and foremost about itself.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNineteenth-Century Music Criticism
    EditorsTeresa Cascudo García-Villaraco
    Place of PublicationLeuven
    PublisherBrepols Publishers
    Pages77–100
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Print) 978-2-503-57497-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Publication series

    NameMusic, Criticism & Politics
    PublisherBrepols
    Volume3

    Keywords

    • Music criticism
    • Niklas Luhmann
    • Music history
    • Opera history

    Cite this