Church musicians in France at the end of the eigtheenth century: an ambitious prosopographic inquiry

Abstract : At the beginning of the French Revolution (in 1790), a very large number of musicians employed by capitular churches or abbeys lost their jobs. In order to obtain relief they then wrote down petitions, sometimes assembling a full dossier, in which they presented their situation and pleaded their case. This makes up a corpus of very rich sources, kept in Paris and all over France. In spite of the difficulty coming from this geographical dispersion, a large inquiry is presently conducted by a French research team, under Professor Bernard Dompnier (Université de Clermont-Ferrand), within the framework of a project supported by the A.N.R (Agence Nationale de la Recherche). The aim is to constitute a wide base of prosopographical data, meant to be used for innumerable works branching out of it. It is estimated that this base will in time include some three thousand musicians - both men and women - at work in 1790. The data will also make it possible to have a look backward at the musical life of most of the 18th century. Sylvie Granger (Université du Maine) presents the main sources used and the data base (http://philidor.cmbv.fr/musefrem). Then she gives an outline of the first results (2010), particularly as concerns the place of women in this world of church music in the 18th century. To end, a last part presents Philippe Van-Arcken's route, musician born close to Maastricht and which sang in many churches in France of 1770s to Revolution.
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Sylvie Granger. Church musicians in France at the end of the eigtheenth century: an ambitious prosopographic inquiry. Sounds of the City 18, Mar 2010, Anvers, Belgium. ⟨halshs-00709457⟩

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