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- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Format: Paperback | 568 pages
- Dimensions: 190mm x 242mm x 32mm | 1,361g
- Publication date: 9 May 2002
- Publication City/Country: Oxford
- ISBN 10: 0199249660
- ISBN 13: 9780199249664
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: indexes
- Sales rank: 628,660
The French Song Companion is the most comprehensive book of French melodie in any language. The great accompagnist Graham Johnson, a noted authority of song, provides repertoire guides to the work of some 150 composers - the majority of them from France, but including British, American, German, Spanish, and Italian musicians who have written French vocal music. There are major articles on such figures as Faure, Duparc, Debussy, Ravel, and Poulenc; substantial articles on Bizet, Chabrier, Gounod, Chausson, Hahn, and Satie; and reassessments of such composers as Massenet, Koechlin, and Leguerney. A host of less celebrated figures who have contributed to the genre take their place in a book which is both informative and entertaining. The biographical articles are supplemented by the song translations of Richard Stokes, some 700 in all, and a veritable treasury of great French poetry from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. These stand in their own right as indispensable to music lovers, concert-goers, and professional singers and their accompanists. This is a book which not only reflects the repertoire as found in today's concert halls, but also encourages performers and armchair enthusiasts to explore the neglected highways and biways of an endlessly fascinating and highly civilised body of music.
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Richard Stokes teaches languages at Westminster School. He coaches singers in the interpretation of Lieder and regularly writes programme notes for song recitals at the Wigmore Hall.
flicking through the lovingly enthusiastic writing in this Companion is a rewarding experience. Johnson has excelled on every level and his experience as an accompanist transforms this book into a precious insider's account. What could easily have turned out to be a dry catalogue is in fact a lively, witty and informative journey. Francis Carlin, The Singer A great deal of thought has obviously gone into the presentation of the enormous number of facts to be found here ... Furthermore, the book is a delight to handle. Gramaphone
Table of contents
INTRODUCTION ; TRANSLATOR'S INTRODUCTION ; THE HISTORY OF THE MELODIE: A POCKET INTRODUCTION ; HOW TO USE THIS BOOK ; A FRENCH SONG COMPANION ; AFTERWORD ; INDEX OF TRANSLATED POEMS ; SELECT INDEX OF POETS ; INDEX OF TRANSLATIONS