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Naissance et développement de sociétés de quatuors en province au milieu du XIXe siècle : l’exemple de Reims

Abstract : In mid-19th century, societies of quartets and chamber music were created in different french cities: Marseille (1849), Pau (1850), Bordeaux (1861), Lille (1862), Lyons (1866), etc. Such a Quartet Society was founded in Reims in 1862. It was not launched overnight, though. At first it took part in the existing concert societies of the town, inserting pieces for quartets in their programs, then gradually taking its independence. Its goal was to “have the people of Reims hear works of great composers unknown but to a few connoisseurs.” The Quarter Society of Reims took a share in an extensive movement in favor of chamber music which was then spreading throughout France. Leaning particularly on the local press of the time, this article considers the Quartet Society of Reims in two ways. First it describes a place of sociability and studies its location, its influence and how the Society was viewed by the inhabitants: the organization of concerts, how they worked, the audience and the performers’ profiles, what kind of relationships and networks were at stake. Secondly, the article reviews the programs in themselves – the selection of works, how the audience reacted – and compares them with other programs of quartet societies in Paris and the provinces. The article reveals a widely unknown chapter in the history of string quartets and how they worked in the French provinces before 1870. It also endeavors to further the understanding of the emergence, distribution, circulation and reception of musical works, mainly of German origins.
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Florence Doé de Maindreville. Naissance et développement de sociétés de quatuors en province au milieu du XIXe siècle : l’exemple de Reims. Ad Parnassum. A Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, Ut Orpheus Edizioni, 2015, 13 (26), p. 97-118. ⟨hal-03002700⟩

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