Graduate Student Work-in-Progress: From the Street to the Stage: Popular Song and the Construction of Parisian Spectacle, 1648-1713

As a Fulbright scholar in Paris for the 2014-2015 academic year, John Romey,a graduate student in the Department of Music, undertook an enormous archival project that catalogued and analyzed manuscript chansonniers and print sources documenting song texts that circulated in street culture. This talk will aim to use broad strokes to present the types of songs that were performed in the streets and on the Pont Neuf in Paris, and to outline how these song practices functioned within early modern communication networks. It will offer better insight into the nexus connecting the streets and the stage by revealing that in seventeenth-century Paris the Comédie-Italienne and the Comédie-Française adapted the repertoire and cultural practices that constituted the quotidian soundscape of seventeenth-century Parisian public spaces.

Pre-lecture reception begins at 4:15 pm in Clark Hall Room 206.

The events is free and open to the public.