The French Symphony at the Fin de Siecle - Style, Culture, and the Symphonic Tradition Hardback
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-Saens, Cesar Franck, Edouard 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-siecle France.
Drawing on contemporary criticism, music histories, composers' prose, and unpublished sketches, Deruchie's readings offer fresh insights on issues of musical form and technique, and also move beyond the notes to consider questions of meaning. Andrew Deruchie is a lecturer in musicology at the University of Otago (New Zealand).
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 312 pages
- Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/09/2013
- Category: Romantic music (c 1830 to c 1900)
- ISBN: 9781580463829