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October 08, 2009

Off the Shelf- Episode 10: Triumph of Pleasure, Georgia Cowart

Triumph of Pleasure

My guest for episode ten of Off the Shelf is Professor of Music Georgia Cowart. We discuss her recent book entitled The Triumph of Pleasure: Louis XIV and the Politics of Spectacle, which was published in 2008 by the University of Chicago Press. The book focuses on the shifting intersections of the arts, ideology and aesthetics at the court of Louis XIV and in the Parisian public sphere during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century.

Professor Cowart recently helped curate an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York entitled Watteau, Music, and Theater, which is open from September 22nd through November 29th, 2009. The Metropolitan Museum of Art web site has more information on the exhibition, including links to view the works of art on display, a listing of special events related to the exhibition, a short excerpt from the audio guide which Professor Cowart mentions during our conversation, and much more. The exhibition was recently reviewed in the New York Times.

Georgia also mentions former CWRU Music Department student and current lecturer in the department Debra Nagy and her recording of music of the era, which is available via CDBaby.

The brief piece of music just before our conversation begins is by Lully, his Gigue pour Bacchus from the Ballet de Xerxes written in 1660.

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Posted by William Claspy on October 8, 2009 02:20 PM

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