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

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    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
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Print) 978-2-503-57497-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    NameMusic, Criticism & Politics


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

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