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Francis Poulenc: The Man and His Songs: Bernac, Pierre Francis Poulenc: The Man and His Songs: Bernac, Pierre Francis Poulenc: The Man and His Songs: Bernac, Pierre

Francis Poulenc: The Man and His Songs

Bernac, Pierre

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ISBN 10: 0393021963 / ISBN 13: 9780393021967
Published by W.W. Norton, 1977
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Like New Book. First Edition, Stated 2nd Printing 1986. NOT a remainder. NOT a book club edition. NOT price-clipped ($25.00 price intact). Published by W.W. Norton, 1977. Red cloth boards with bright gold stamped spine lettering. Book is like new; clean, tight, sharp corners, bright spine lettering. Dust jacket has light shelf wear with some light spotting along inside top edge, not visible on outside. No writing, highlighting, underlining, dog ears, etc. No rips, tears, etc. Pages and boards crisp and straight. Spine un-broken with no spine lean. Book in un-read condition. A nice collectible copy of this scarce musical biography of the great French composer. 233 pages. ISBN: 0-393-02196-3. 100% positive feedback. 30 day money back guarantee. NEXT DAY SHIPPING! Excellent customer service. Please email with any questions or if you would like a photo. All books packed carefully and ships with free delivery confirmation/tracking. All books come with free bookmarks. Ships from Sag Harbor, New York. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14101374789

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Title: Francis Poulenc: The Man and His Songs

Publisher: W.W. Norton

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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In 1935 the French baritone Pierre Bernac formed a duo with the composer Francis Poulenc that became a legend throughout the world. Unprecedented in the history of music, it was the first duo in which the singer and pianist were perceived as equals. It lasted for 25 years and was a determining influence on Poulenc's vocal output: more than two-thirds of his songs were written for Bernac to sing. Bernac's general book on the French repertoire, "The Interpretation of French Song", has long been the standard and indispensable work on its subject. In "Francis Poulenc - the Man and His Songs", first published in 1977, he gives us the fruit of his long association with Poulenc, paying moving tribute to the composer both as man and musician, and providing detailed analyses of every piano-accompanied song that Poulenc wrote. Each of the 137 poems is annotated for pronunciation, with a line-for-line translation into English by Winifred Radford, who also translated the text of the book. The discussion of each song is preceded by a brief biographical note on the poet and a description of Poulenc's own attitude towards both poet and poem. Bernac aimed in this book, to pass on his personal understanding of the songs of Francis Poulenc, as well as a little of their mutual experience in interpreting and performing them. He has thereby left a unique record whose importance cannot be overestimated.

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Pierre Bernac was born in Paris in 1988 and began studying singing at the age of 18. In 1935 his professional partnership with Poulenc was formed and lasted until 1959 when Bernac retired from the concert platform. He then devoted himself to teaching and giving masterclasses through Europe, USA and Canada. He died in 1979.

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