Pasler, Jann

Claude Lê Anh

Musicologist, pianist, documentary filmmaker, and professor at UC San Diego since 1981, Jann Pasler has written widely on French music and cultural life in Paris in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Besides Composing the Citizen, she recently published Writing through Music (Oxford University Press, 2008), and is currently working on a new book, Music, Race, and Colonialism in France, 1880-1920.  Her article, “The Utility of Musical Instruments in the Racial and Colonial Agendas of Late Nineteenth-Century France,” (Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Spring 2004), won the 2005 Colin Slim award from the American Musicological Society for the best article by a senior scholar.

On Rorotoko:

On her book Composing the Citizen: Music as Public Utility in Third Republic France
(Our Cover Feature of July 02, 2009)