Gabriel Fauré: The Songs and their Poets

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Routledge, 5 jul. 2017 - 488 páginas
The career of Gabriel Faur‘s a composer of songs for voice and piano traverses six decades (1862-1921); almost the whole history of French m die is contained within these parameters. In the 1860s Faur the lifelong prot of Camille Saint-Sa was a suavely precocious student; he was part of Pauline Viardot's circle in the 1870s and he nearly married her daughter. Pointed in the direction of symbolist poetry by Robert de Montesquiou in 1886, Faur as the favoured composer from the early 1890s of Winnarretta Singer, later Princesse de Polignac, and his songs were revered by Marcel Proust. 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. In this detailed study Graham Johnson places the vocal music within twin contexts: Faur 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 Faur 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 Faur 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 from the way it was assessed thirty years ago. Faur‘s no longer merely a 'Master of Charms' circumscribed by the belleque. His status as a great composer of timeless
 

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An Indifference to Success
1
Second Empire and First Songs
25
War and Peace on Parnassus
53
Chez Mme P ViardotGarcia
85
1878 A Transitional Year of Song
107
Bachelor and Husband The Silvestre Years
129
Crisis and Decadence
157
Fauré and Paul Verlaine I
189
Fauré and Charles Van Lerberghe I
299
Fauré and Charles Van Lerberghe II
325
Mirages and Horizons
345
Some Notes on the Performance of Faurés Songs
373
The Pianists Workshop wherein Singers are Always Welcome
395
The Songs of Fauré in their Opus Number Groupings
429
The Tonalities of Faurés mélodies
433
General Index
441

Fauré and Paul Verlaine II
219
Crossing the Divide Towards the Late Style
249
Interlude The Silent Gift
287

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