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Fauré and French Musical Aesthetics

Fauré and French Musical Aesthetics

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Part of Music in the Twentieth Century

  • Date Published: March 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521543989

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  • This wide-ranging study of Gabriel Fauré and his contemporaries reclaims aesthetic categories crucial to French musical life in the early twentieth century. Its interrelated chapters treat the topics of sincerity, originality, novelty, self-renewal, homogeneity and religious belief in relation to Fauré's music and ideas. Taking a broad view of cultural life during the composer's lifetime and beyond, the book moves between specific details in Fauré's music and related critical, literary and philosophical issues, ranging from Gounod to Boulez and from Proust to Valéry. Above all, the book connects abstract values to artistic choices and thus places such works as Fauré's Requiem, La bonne chanson, La chanson d'Eve, L'horizon chimérique, and the chamber music in a new light.

    • The first book entirely devoted to the critical and aesthetic context of Fauré's music
    • Interdisciplinary interest - analyzes literary and philosophical as well as musical issues
    • Also treats composers such as Debussy, Ravel and Dukas in detail
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The wealth of music examples he quotes is beautifully printed. His research is impeccable. An enlightening book.' James Harding, BBC Music Magazine

    'Unified by recurring ideas and methodology as useful as the music itself. It holds a mirror to the composer's meticulous, art-concealing art and should remain a landmark in French cultural studies for a long time to come.' The Times Literary Supplement

    '… stimulating … it is hard to imagine that this finely researched, well produced and wide ranging study will not significantly enrich the reader's experience of Fauré's music. … this book broadens the perspective not only laterally, as it were, exploring the influences, ethics and perspectives that shaped Fauré's own environment, but upwards, chronologically speaking, taking in the heritage of the composer and his cultural milieu as it affected such non-Fauréan figures as Stravinsky, Varèse, Messiaen and particularly Boulez.' Piano

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521543989
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 2 tables 26 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The question of sincerity
    2. Innovation, tradition
    3. Originality, influence, and self-renewal
    4. Homogeneity: meanings, risks, and consequences
    5. Fauré's religion: ideas and music
    6. Fauré the elusive.

  • Author

    Carlo Caballero, University of Colorado, Boulder
    Carlo Caballero is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Colorado.

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