Jean-Claire Vançon

Sur la trace d’un ‘style académique’: analyser les œuvres des lauréats du Prix de Rome à la lumière des catégories de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts (1803-1830)/
In Pursuit of an ‘Academic Style’: An Analysis of the Prix de Rome Laureates in the Light of the Categories of the Académie des Beaux-Arts (1803-1830)

Many of the composers who won the Prix de Rome for composition never achieved inclusion in the Pantheon of great musicians. I will analyse some of the works they sent from Rome, from the perspective of categories derived from the system of values emphasized by the Académie des Beaux-Arts – to the extent this can be read in the reports of the Music Section on the submissions. These values constitute the terms of an ‘academic style’, and I will study the manner in which this style is embodied in the works of selected musicians, chosen from the winners of the Prix de Rome between 1803 and 1830: how did they progress, judging from their submissions, and how did this style then determine the construction of their works after their return from Rome?