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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (UK: , US: ; French: [ʒɑ̃ʒak ʁuso]; 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Genevan philosopher, writer and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the 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 a 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.

Rousseau befriended fellow philosophy writer Denis Diderot in 1742, and would later write about Diderot's romantic troubles in his Confessions. During the period of the French Revolution, Rousseau was the most popular of the philosophers among members of the Jacobin Club. He was interred as a national hero in the Panthéon in Paris, in 1794, 16 years after his death.

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

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


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  


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"Rousseau, Jean-Jacques." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 30 July 2021.

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