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Le discours sur la musique dans la presse française L'exemple des périodiques spécialisés en 1993

Abstract : In the French music magazines in the 1990's, music appears as made of smaller elements: jazz, rock, rap, techno. It is not "music" but several "musics", each of which is in itself a coherent whole. Through a content analysis of every French music magazine in a recent year, one is able to understand what these subdivisions are made of. Their definition relies non only on how they sound but on other characteristics. Rock appears either as a music of provocation and rebellion, or as one of pleasant and light enjoyment. "Chanson" as a friendly and sweet speech, around which musical instruments, as diverse as possible, are a mere accompaniment. Art music as a paradoxical union of the most severe logic and the most passionate expression. Jazz as a refined arabesque which hides deep secrets. Techno as a music of dance and festivity, but also of dream and peace. By analysing the verbal process through which music magazines - more influent than their size suggests - associate each kind of music with a few arbitrary but significant characteristics, one points out the symbolic and semantic reduction that media performs. At the same time, one understands how music is given meaning in contemporary society.
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Catherine Rudent. Le discours sur la musique dans la presse française L'exemple des périodiques spécialisés en 1993. Musique, musicologie et arts de la scène. Université Paris Sorbonne, Paris IV, 2000. Français. ⟨tel-02501896⟩



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