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The French symphony at the fin de siècle : style, culture, and the symphonic tradition / Andrew Deruchie.

By: Deruchie, Andrew, 1971- [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Eastman studies in music: v. 100.Publisher: Rochester, NY : Woodbridge, Suffolk : University of Rochester Press ; Boydell & Brewer Limited, 2013Copyright date: ©2013Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781580468381; 1580468381; 9781580468930; 1580468934.Subject(s): Composers -- FranceAdditional physical formats: Print version:: French symphony at the fin de siècleDDC classification: 784.18/4 LOC classification: ML1255 | .D47 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Camille Saint-Saëns, Third symphony -- César Franck, Symphony in D minor -- Édouard Lalo, Symphony in G minor -- Ernest Chausson, Symphony in B-flat major -- Vincent d'Indy, Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français -- Vincent d'Indy, Second symphony -- Paul Dukas, Symphony in C.
Summary: In this first full-length study of the symphony in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France, Andrew Deruchie provides extended critical discussion of seven of the most influential and frequently performed works of the era, by Camille Saint-Saëns, César Franck, Édouard Lalo, Vincent d'Indy, and Paul Dukas. The volume explores how these symphonists modernized the art form yet preserved many of the formal and rhetorical conventions of the canon, reconciling, in particular, Beethoven's symphonic legacy with the musical culture, intellectual environment, and political milieu of fin-de-si.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Camille Saint-Saëns, Third symphony -- César Franck, Symphony in D minor -- Édouard Lalo, Symphony in G minor -- Ernest Chausson, Symphony in B-flat major -- Vincent d'Indy, Symphonie sur un chant montagnard français -- Vincent d'Indy, Second symphony -- Paul Dukas, Symphony in C.

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In this first full-length study of the symphony in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France, Andrew Deruchie provides extended critical discussion of seven of the most influential and frequently performed works of the era, by Camille Saint-Saëns, César Franck, Édouard Lalo, Vincent d'Indy, and Paul Dukas. The volume explores how these symphonists modernized the art form yet preserved many of the formal and rhetorical conventions of the canon, reconciling, in particular, Beethoven's symphonic legacy with the musical culture, intellectual environment, and political milieu of fin-de-si.

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There is no shortage of writings on the symphony in the classical era and in 19th-century Romanticism, particularly on the work of Beethoven and other German-influenced composers. But such close studies or analysis of the French symphony after Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, which was first performed in 1830, are relatively few. Thus, this contribution by Deruchie (Univ. of Otago, New Zealand) is particularly important. Looking at seven late-Romantic symphonies by French composers, the book begins with a survey of the French symphonic landscape--from performance organizations to the ever-looming influence of Beethoven to the sociocultural factors affecting compositional decisions--the idea of "ad astra per aspera" that pervades so much Romantic music and French nationalism of the time. Each of Deruchie's analyses is replete with musical examples and formal diagrams; discussion of each symphony is tailored to the unique features of that work, whether they be cyclical elements, motivic elements, influence of the sublime, or mysticism, just to name a few such ideas. Destined to become a standard resource for anyone interested in the symphony, late Romanticism, or French music, the book is sufficiently detailed to engage professionals and scholars, but accessible enough for the interested novice. Summing Up: Essential. All readers. C. A. Traupman-Carr Moravian College

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