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Literature and Music in the Atlantic World, 1767-1867$
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Catherine Jones

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748684618

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684618.001.0001

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Cosmopolitanism and the Nation

Cosmopolitanism and the Nation

(p.64) Chapter 2 Cosmopolitanism and the Nation
Literature and Music in the Atlantic World, 1767-1867

Catherine Jones

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the role of music, and music theory, in the development of ideas about cosmopolitanism and the nation in the nineteenth century. It begins by examining Thomas Jefferson's view of the proper relation of the United States to the wider world, drawing on his first inaugural address and his correspondence with Madame de StaËl. The chapter goes on to examine the links between a cosmopolitan viewpoint and translation, focusing on Washington Irving's collaboration with the English dramatist and composer Barham John Livius on a translation of Carl Maria von Weber's opera Der FreischÜtz (1821). It also discusses the performance and reception of Der FreischÜtz in translation in London, Paris and New Orleans. Finally, the chapter examines how New Orleans and its peoples mediated European culture to other states in the American Union, focusing on the career of the composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

Keywords:   cosmopolitanism, Louis Mareau Gottschalk, Thomas Jefferson, Washington Irving, Barham John Livius, Madame de StaËl, nation, opera, translation, Carl Maria von Weber

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