Ideas as Crucibles
Frank Cooper's France and Her Revolutions in Music and Arts
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Frank Cooper, Research Professor Emeritus, Musicology, at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami
The American Revolution encouraged the French to rip apart their corrupt Ancien Regime. Efforts to establish a government as stable as the Americans’ lurched as France’s republics and monarchies rose and fell. Subsequent chaos stimulated creative persons to view themselves as individuals of unlimited freedom, and the concept of genius in contemporary arts was born. Stretching from the late 18th century across the subsequent 200 years, that story provides the material for these four events:
Part One: Ideas as Crucibles
When radical thought in 18th-century Paris rallied the masses to revolt, more than the Bastille was toppled. Republican ideals inspired a new way of life that spurred writers, composers and painters to visions beyond tradition. And Napoleon’s emergence affected the arts even more profoundly.
This lecture is part of Frank Cooper's France and Her Revolutions in Music and Arts series.
This presentation is part of Artis—Naples’ 2017-18 season theme, Evolution|Revolution.