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    Gabriel Faure: The Songs and Their Poets (Guildhall School of Music & Drama Research Studies) (Hardback) By (author) Graham Johnson, Translated by Richard Stokes

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    DescriptionThe career of Gabriel Faure as a composer of songs for voice and piano traverses six decades (1862-1921); almost the whole history of French melodie is contained within these parameters. In the 1860s Faure, the lifelong protege of Camille Saint-Saens, was a suavely precocious student; he was part of Pauline Viardot's circle in the 70s and he nearly married her daughter. Pointed in the direction of symbolist poetry by Robert de Montesquiou in 1886 and admired by Proust, Faure was the favoured composer of the Princesse de Polignac by the early 1890s. In 1905 he became Director of the Paris Conservatoire and he composed his most profound music in old age. His existence, steadily productive and outwardly imperturbable, was undermined by self-doubt, an unhappy marriage, and a tragic loss of hearing. The distinguished accompanist and song scholar Graham Johnson places the vocal music within twin contexts: Faure's own life story, and the parallel lives of his many poets. We encounter such giants as Charles Baudelaire and Paul Verlaine, the patrician Leconte de Lisle, the forgotten Armand Silvestre and the Belgian symbolist Charles van Lerberghe. The chronological range of the narrative encompasses Faure's first poet, Victor Hugo, who railed against Napoleon III in the 1850s, and the last, Jean de la Ville de Mirmont, killed in action in the First World War. In this comprehensive and richly illustrated study each of Faure's 109 songs receives a separate commentary. Additional chapters for the student singer and serious music-lover discuss interpretation and performance in both aesthetical and practical terms. Richard Stokes provides parallel English translations of the original French texts. In the twenty-first century musical modernity is evaluated differently than it was thirty years ago. Faure is no longer merely a 'Master of Charms' circumscribed by the Belle Epoque. His status as a modern master of timeless significance is now unassailable.


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    Title
    Gabriel Faure: The Songs and Their Poets
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Graham Johnson, Translated by Richard Stokes
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 625
    Width: 192 mm
    Height: 248 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 1,479 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780754659600
    ISBN 10: 0754659607
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
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    BISAC V2.8: MUS006000
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    BISAC V2.8: MUS020000, BIO004000
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    DC22: 782.42168092
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    LC classification: ML410.F27 J64 2009
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    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema style qualifier V1.0: 6RA
    Illustrations note
    includes 167 b&w illustrations & 9 music examples
    Publisher
    Ashgate Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Ashgate Publishing Limited
    Publication date
    20 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Aldershot
    Author Information
    Professor Graham Johnson with translations of the song texts by Richard Stokes
    Review quote
    'Without question, Gabriel Faure: The Songs and Their Poets ought to be on the shelves of all music libraries, singers, voice instructors, and accompanists, as it will become a frequent reference for anyone interested in French music and will be read cover-to-cover by all Faureans.' Notes
    Table of contents
    Songs through life: an overview; An indifference to success; L'Aurore: second empire and first songs; Lydia: war and peace on Parnassus; Tarantelle: chez Mmme P. Viardot-Garcia: Le Voyageur: 1878, a transitional year of song; Chanson d'Amour: bachelor and husband - the Silvestre years; Larmes: crisis and 'decadence'; C'est l'Extase: Faure and Paul Verlaine (I); Faure and Paul Verlaine (II); Dans la Foret de Septembre: crossing the divide - towards the late style; Le Don Silencieux: interlude: the silent gift; Eau Vivante: Faure and Charles van Lerberghe (I); Dans la Penombre: Faure and Charles van Lerberghe (II); Je Me Suis Embarque: Mirages and horizons; The performance of Faure's songs; The pianists workshop; Appendices; Indexes.