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Author Metzner, Paul, 1952-
Title Crescendo of the virtuoso : spectacle, skill, and self-promotion in Paris during the Age of Revolution / Paul Metzner.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 1998.

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Author Metzner, Paul, 1952-
Series Studies on the history of society and culture ; 30
Studies on the history of society and culture ; 30.
Subject Paris (France) -- History -- 1789-1900.
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Influence.
Revolutions -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Social change -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century.
Arts and revolutions -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century.
Technological innovations -- France -- Paris.
Public spaces -- France -- Paris.
Democracy -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 385 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Philidor and the Cafe de la Regence chess masters -- Careme, chef de cuisine : Marie-Antoinette Careme (1783-1833) -- Vidocq, detective : Eugene-Francois Vidocq (1775-1857) -- Paganini and Liszt, musicians -- Robert-Houdin and the vogue of the automaton-builders -- Mounting spectacles -- Exalting technical skill -- Ballooning the self.
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Summary During the Age of Revolution, Paris came alive with wildly popular virtuoso performances. Whether the performers were musicians or chefs, chess players or detectives, these virtuosos transformed their technical skills into dramatic spectacles, presenting the marvelous and the outre for spellbound audiences. Who were these individuals, and how did they gain their fame? How did their values of spectacularism and self-promotion become so dominant? And why did Paris become their focal point? Paul Metzner answers these questions and more in this fascinating portrayal of the cyclone of virtuosity that overtook Paris from 1775 to 1850.
ISBN 0585053693 (electronic bk.)
9780585053691 (electronic bk.)
9780520206847 (alk. paper)
0520206843 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 42855034
Additional Format Print version: Metzner, Paul, 1952- Crescendo of the virtuoso. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1998 0520206843 (DLC) 97043167 (OCoLC)37843777
Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations 
 Introduction: The Historical Background1
Pt. 1Some Models of Excellence13
 Ch. 1Philidor and the Cafe de la Regence Chess Masters17
  1The Second Career of Francois-Andre Danican Philidor (1726-1795) as a Chess Player17
  2Philidor's Followers: Deschapelles, Labourdonnais, and the Dethroned Dynasts35
 Ch. 2Careme, Chef de Cuisine: Marie-Antoine Careme (1783-1833)54
 Ch. 3Vidocq, Detective: Eugene-Francois Vidocq (1775-1857)84
 Ch. 4Paganini and Liszt, Musicians113
  1Nicolo Paganini (1782-1840)113
  2The Early Career of Franz Liszt (1811-1886) as a Concert Pianist136
 Ch. 5Robert-Houdin and the Vogue of the Automaton-Builders160
  1Predecessors of Robert-Houdin: Vaucanson, Jaquet-Droz, Kempelen, Maelzel160
  2The Mechanician Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin (1805-1871)188
Pt. 2Some Modes of Excelling211
 Ch. 6Mounting Spectacles213
 Ch. 7Exalting Technical Skill239
 Ch. 8Ballooning the Self265
 Conclusion: Revolving Values291

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