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    DescriptionThe 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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    Title
    A French Song Companion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Graham Johnson, By (author) Richard Stokes, Translated by Richard Stokes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 568
    Width: 190 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 1,361 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199249664
    ISBN 10: 0199249660
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Libri: I-MU
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3J
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    B&T General Subject: 540
    BISAC V2.8: MUS042000
    BIC subject category V2: AVQ
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    BIC subject category V2: AVG
    BISAC V2.8: MUS020000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15900
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A08350000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 782.420944
    DC21: 782.420944
    Thema V1.0: CF, AVQ, AVL
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3M
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    indexes
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    09 May 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    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