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French Song from Berlioz to Duparc (Dover Books on Music, Music History)by Frits Noske
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"Invaluable as a work of reference, in addition to being full of sound judgments and happy suggestions." — Jacques Barzun, MLA Notes
A distinguished musicologist explores nineteenth-century French art songs in this fascinating study of the melodies of Berlioz, Liszt, Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Franck, Fauré, and others. The songs are described and analyzed in terms of structure, style, prosody, and melo-harmonic features. Sensitive evaluations of the melodies include more than 250 musical examples.
Author Frits Noske was the first musicologist to fully trace the origins and early development of the French art songs known as mélodie. He discusses the forms from which the genre evolved, intermediary compositions by Niedermeyer and Monpou, and the effect of Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies. Additional topics include Berlioz's contribution to the emerging form, the influence of German song, the special problems of French-language prosody, and the changing role of the accompaniment. Music history and voice majors, musicologists, and music enthusiasts of all ages will appreciate this valuable guide to an unjustly neglected musical genre.
Meticulously detailed analysis of the rise of the melodie, its adaptation by Berlioz, and its apogee in the songs of Fauré and Duparc. Features 250 musical excerpts. Revised 1970 edition.
Devoted to French art songs of the 19th century, this volume explores the melodies of Berlioz, Liszt, Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Franck, Fauré, and many others. Sensitive evaluations include more than 250 musical examples.
Meticulously detailed analysis of the rise of the melodie, its adaptation by Berlioz, and its apogee in the songs of Fauré and Duparc. A song catalogue, newly revised and expanded, lists available sources for the concert artist or amateur musician seeking to expand his repertoire. Features 250 musical excerpts. Bibliography.
"Song catalogue": p. 327-407. Bibliography: p. 432-446.
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