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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (UK: , US: French: [ʒɑ̃ ʒak ʁuso]; 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Genevan philosopher (philosophe), writer, and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the Age of Enlightenment throughout Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the development of modern political, economic, and educational thought.

His Discourse on Inequality and The Social Contract are cornerstones in modern political and social thought. Rousseau's sentimental novel Julie, or the New Heloise (1761) was important to the development of preromanticism and romanticism in fiction. His Emile, or On Education (1762) is an educational treatise on the place of the individual in society. Rousseau's autobiographical writings—the posthumously published Confessions (composed in 1769), which initiated the modern autobiography, and the unfinished Reveries of the Solitary Walker (composed 1776–1778)—exemplified the late 18th-century "Age of Sensibility", and featured an increased focus on subjectivity and introspection that later characterized modern writing.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 28, 1712 (Geneva), Died July 2, 1778 (Ermenonville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-12030 10-in. 5/17/1912 Royal arcanum : Closing ode Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-23159 10-in. 9/16/1919 Hush my babe Victor Orchestra Orchestra, with viola and violin solos composer  
Victor BVE-55914 10-in. 9/11/1929 Lullaby Alexander Schmidt Violin solo, with cello, clarinet, and piano composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL581 10-in. 9/14/1927 Air du devin du village Reynaldo Hahn ; Reynaldo Hahn Male vocal solo, with piano composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rousseau, Jean-Jacques," accessed June 20, 2024,

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 20, 2024, from

"Rousseau, Jean-Jacques." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 20 June 2024.

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