Thursday, June 28, 2012
Rousseau wrote philosophy, music
It is the 300th birthday of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712), whose book Confessions (1782) was among the first of modern autobiographies. He philosophical works influenced thought that led to the French Revolution. Rousseau wrote extensively on the nature of man, social issues, politics, child rearing, and religion. He wrote novels as well as philosophical pieces. Rousseau also found time to write music, completing seven operas. Here is music from his one-act opera Devin du Village. Enjoy!