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Crescendo of the virtuoso : spectacle, skill and self-promotion in Paris during the age of revolution

Author: Paul Metzner
Publisher: Berkeley : Univ. of California Press, ©1998.
Series: Studies on the history of society and culture, 30.
Edition/Format:   eBook : 3.5 in. disc : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 for spellbound audiences. Who these characters were, how they attained their fame, and why Paris became the focal point of their activities is the  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Metzner
ISBN: 0520206843 9780520206847
OCLC Number: 936644445
Notes: EScholarship Editions.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 385 s.) : illustrations.
Series Title: Studies on the history of society and culture, 30.
Responsibility: Paul Metzner.

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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 for spellbound audiences. Who these characters were, how they attained their fame, and why Paris became the focal point of their activities is the subject of Paul Metzner's study. Covering the years 1775 to 1850, Metzner describes the careers of a handful of virtuosos: chess masters who played several games at once; a chef who sculpted hundreds of four-foot-tall architectural fantasies in sugar; the first police detective, whose memoirs inspired the invention of the detective story; a violinist who played whole pieces on a single string. He examines these virtuosos as a group in the context of the society that was then the capital of Western civilization.

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