Resonant Recoveries: French Music and Trauma Between the World Wars

ISBN : 9780190658298

Jillian C. Rogers
400 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Apr 2021
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Coping with trauma and the losses of World War I was a central concern for French musicians in the interwar period. Almost all of them were deeply affected by the war as they fought in the trenches, worked in military hospitals, or mourned a friend or relative who had been wounded, killed, or taken prisoner. In Resonant Recoveries, author Jillian C. Rogers argues that French modernist composers processed this experience of unprecedented violence by turning their musical activities into locations for managing and performing trauma. Through analyses of archival materials, French medical, philosophical, and literary texts, and the music produced between the wars, Rogers frames World War I as a pivotal moment in the history of music therapy. When musicians and their audiences used music to remember lost loved ones, perform grief, create healing bonds of friendship, and find consolation in soothing sonic vibrations and rhythmic bodily movements, they reconfigured music into an embodied means of consolation-a healer of wounded minds and bodies. This in-depth account of the profound impact that postwar trauma had on French musical life makes a powerful case for the importance of addressing trauma, mourning, and people's emotional lives in music scholarship. This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations.


List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Musical Examples
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: La Plus Grande Consolatrice: Music as a Corporeal Technology of Consolation in Interwar France
Chapter 1: Music Making as Emotional Care: Negotiating Trauma, Expressional Norms, and Politics in Wartime France
Chapter 2: Embodying Sonic Resonance As/After Trauma: Vibration, Music, and Medicine
Chapter 3: Soothing Movements: The Consolatory Potential of Musique Depouillee's Rhythm and Repetition
Chapter 4: In Search of a Consolatory Past: Grief and Embodied Musical Memory
Chapter 5: Rire as Release and Rapport: Pleasure and Laughter in French Interwar Musical Theater
Conclusion: Touched by Music Making: Intimacy and Love in the Wake of Trauma
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MQTC $ Theory of music & musicology
Other performing arts
Creative therapy (eg art, music, drama)

About the author: 

Jillian C. Rogers is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Indiana University. Her research centers on relationships between music/sound and trauma in historical contexts.

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