The New Grove Twentieth-Century French Masters: Faure, Debussy, Satie, Ravel, Poulenc, Messiaen, Boulez (Composer Biography Series)

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9780393303506: The New Grove Twentieth-Century French Masters: Faure, Debussy, Satie, Ravel, Poulenc, Messiaen, Boulez (Composer Biography Series)

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is the most comprehensive and up-to-date body of musical knowledge ever gathered together. "The New Grove Twentieth-Century French Masters" composer biographies have been selected from the dictionary to bring the most widely used of the biographies to a larger audience. Each has been expanded and updated for book publication and contains a comprehensive work-list, index and fully revised bibliography, in addition to the definitive discussion of the subject's life and works. 'Musicien Francais' -that is what Debussy proudly called himself, aware that his music proclaimed a French identity in music as it had never been proclaimed before. But all the composers included in this volume represent different aspects of the particular sensibility of French music: from the profoundly sensitive word-setting of Faure and Poulenc, through the glittering textures of Ravel and the coolly ironic ones of Satie, to the prophetic celebration of religion and natue in the music of Olivier Messiaen and the profound intellectual refinement of Pierre Boulez. '[Nectoux's] analysis of Faure...is a masterpiece of lucid compression, aided by particularly well-chosen illustrations...It would be difficult to cite a better introduction to Boulez than that provided by Bill Hopkins.' - George Hall, Music and Musicians 'Roger Nichols writing on Poulenc, G. W. Hopkins on Ravel, are very successful in defining their subjects' creative personalities...' - Hugh Cole, Country Life

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