Reflections on Paris in the 20s

This class improved my research skills drastically in many ways. It taught me not to just search directly for the topic I am researching, but to find as much information as possible, even if it doesn’t directly pertain to my topic. Specifically, I wrote about...

Queer Interpretations of Satie and Poulenc

I was very skeptical when we first read the Wood and Dorf articles for last Thursday’s class. To me, they seemed to be an attempt to impose a relevant topic from today onto material that had nothing to do with it. I am often torn with how much of a...

Casino de Paris

The Casino de Paris is a beautiful music hall located in the northern half of Paris. The hall opened in 1890 and was extremely popular from the start. In fact, the hall is still open and is a major location for many big acts in Paris today (Of Monsters and Men and...

Negrophilia: Misunderstanding Progress

Upon first reading about “Negrophilia”, I didn’t find it particularly problematic. If anything, it seemed to me that the French were embracing African culture, a refreshing idea given  the racism happening in US and other areas on Europe....

Marcelle Meyer – Primary Sources

Marcelle Meyer (1897-1958) is a French pianist who studied at the Paris Conservatoire. She is known primarily for her association with Les Six and had quite a successful career performing throughout Europe.1 I’ll admit it – I signed up for Marcelle Meyer...