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'For Music is Wholesome the Doctors All Think’: The Curative and Restorative Function of Music in Eighteenth-Century English Spas

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This chapter proposes to examine the way music operates as a link between the two main functions of English spas, that of centres of pleasure and of places of healing. In a context in which necessity and amusement were inextricably intermeshed, and in which ailment and entertainment would inevitably go hand in hand, Degott suggests that music could be seen as a curative and restorative element, able not only to please the senses but also to bring spiritual and physical comfort. It is his contention that English spa towns offered a form of music therapy inasmuch as music, for all its potentially invasive power, was essentially perceived as conducive to improvements in spiritual, but also physical, health.
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hal-04052457 , version 1 (30-03-2023)

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Pierre Degott. 'For Music is Wholesome the Doctors All Think’: The Curative and Restorative Function of Music in Eighteenth-Century English Spas. Sophie Chiari; Samuel Cuisinier-Delorme. Spa Culture and Literature in England, 1500-1800, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.159-171, 2021, Early modern literature in history, 978-3-030-66567-8. ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-66568-5_9⟩. ⟨hal-04052457⟩
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