The French Symphony at the Fin de Siecle: Style, Culture, and the Symphonic Tradition

The French Symphony at the Fin de Siecle: Style, Culture, and the Symphonic Tradition

by Andrew Deruchie


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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-siècle 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 Drawing on contemporary criticism, music histories, composers' prose, and unpublished sketches, Deruchie's readings offer fresh insights on issues of musical form and technique, and also move beyond the notes to consider questions of meaning.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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580463829
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 09/30/2013
Series: Eastman Studies in Music Series , #100
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of 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

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