Mishaps of music in libraries: a historical perspective

Has there been a curse on music in libraries in France? Its erratic history - at least insofar as "public reading" compared with other national practices is concerned - would incline one to think so. To do a quick review of this unusual story, to go over again the lost opportunities, to think about the chances in a hypothetical future - these are the broad elements of this article, which lists the stages of a rendez-vous missed again and again since the French Revolution.