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Gabriel Fauré
A Musical Life

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  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521616959

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  • Jean-Michel Nectoux's important biography of Gabriel Fauré is the most comprehensive study yet of this central figure of fin de siecle France. It traces the composer's life and the rich cultural milieu in which he lived and worked: the world also of Saint-Saens, Flaubert, Verlaine, Ravel, Debussy and Proust. A large part of the book considers Fauré's music, with particular emphasis on his adjustment to the musical language of the twentieth century and the formation of his late style. Works in all genres are discussed in detail. The book is the fruit of over twenty years' research by Nectoux, the foremost authority on Gabriel Fauré. In the process of writing this definitive study, he read more than 5000 previously unpublished letters and unearthed more than 120 musical manuscripts. The book includes several rare photographs from Fauré's lifetime and contains an extended chronology of the composer's life, a complete chronological listing of all his own works and a detailed bibliography.

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    'J.-M. Nectoux's [book] on Fauré is as much literary as theoretical and, in spite of the enormous fund of information it contains, is more reflective than didactic. It is a superb demonstration of the possibilities of creative criticism.' L'Avant-Scène Opéra

    '… marks a new stage in the understanding and “discovery” of this body of work.' Monde de la Musique

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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521616959
    • length: 676 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Prelude
    Acknowledgements
    1. Gradus ad Parnassum
    2. Scenes from provincial life
    3. Friends and lovers
    4. Fauré as pianist and organist
    5. Roses for Des Esseintes: from the romance to the mélodie
    6. Sotto voce: chamber music I
    7. Choral music
    8. The theatre I: operatic projects and incidental music
    9. The Verlaine years: song cycles and further operatic projects
    10. The theatre II: Prométhée
    11. Works and days
    12. Pomp and circumstance
    13. Towards the twentieth century
    14. The theatre III: Pénélope, Masques et Bergamasques
    15. Words and music: the van Lerberghe years
    16. The late piano works
    17. Light and shade: chamber music II
    18. Fauré 'modern style'
    19. Ultima verba
    20. Inner voices
    Chronology
    Chronological catalogue of Fauré's works
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Jean-Michel Nectoux

    Translator

    Roger Nichols

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