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The Cambridge Companion to French Music


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Simon Trezise, Alice V. Clark, Lawrence Earp, Fabrice Fitch, Peter Bennett, Georgia J. Cowart, Debra Nagy, Michael McClellan, Andy Fry, Jonathan Goldman, Jacqueline Waeber, Steven Huebner, Luc Charles-Dominique, David Loosely, John Haines, Andrew Tomasello, Jeanice Brooks, Katharine Ellis
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  • Date Published: February 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521701761

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  • France has a long and rich music history that has had a far-reaching impact upon music and cultures around the world. This accessible Companion provides a comprehensive introduction to the music of France. With chapters on a range of music genres, internationally renowned authors survey music-making from the early middle ages to the present day. The first part provides a complete chronological history structured around key historical events. The second part considers opera and ballet and their institutions and works, and the third part explores traditional and popular music. In the final part, contributors analyse five themes and topics, including the early church and its institutions, manuscript sources, the musical aesthetics of the Siècle des Lumières, and music at the court during the ancien régime. Illustrated with photographs and music examples, this book will be essential reading for both students and music lovers.

    • Traces the development of French music across the centuries, explaining the political and cultural contexts of composers and their works
    • Combines a broad chronological overview with more detailed topical studies relating to French music, such as the Court and Church
    • Explores both art music and popular and traditional music, to offer a wide-ranging introduction to French music genres and styles
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    'Few devotees of French music and culture will not find a treasure-trove of enlightening information in this brilliantly cast multi-author book … This excellent book is much more than a springboard and will provide an invaluable key for any Francophile wanting to deepen their knowledge of issues, periods and repertoire with which they are not so familiar: questions addressed by the contributors to this learned and expert volume.' Richard Langham Smith, H-France

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521701761
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 20 music examples
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Simon Trezise
    Part I. Chronological History of French Music from the Early Middle Ages to the Present:
    1. From abbey to cathedral and court: music under the Merovingian, Carolingian, and Capetian kings in France, through Louis IX Alice V. Clark
    2. Cathedral and court: music under the late Capetian and Valois kings in France, to Louis XI Lawrence Earp
    3. The Renaissance Fabrice Fitch
    4. Music under Louis XIII and XIV (1610–1715) Peter Bennett and Georgia J. Cowart
    5. Music from the Regency to the Revolution (1715–89) Debra Nagy
    6. The Revolution and Romanticism to 1848 Michael McClellan and Simon Trezise
    7. Renaissance and change:
    1848 to 1914 Simon Trezise
    8. La guerre et la paix:
    1914–45 Andy Fry
    9. Cultural and generational querelles in the musical domain: music in France from the Second World War Jonathan Goldman
    Part II. Opera:
    10. Opera and ballet to the death of Gluck Jacqueline Waeber
    11. Opera and ballet after the Revolution Steven Huebner
    Part III. Other Musics:
    12. Traditional music and its ethnomusicological study in France Luc Charles-Dominique
    13. Popular music David Loosely
    Part IV. Themes and Topics:
    14. Manuscript sources and calligraphy John Haines
    15. Church and state in early medieval France Andrew Tomasello
    16. Music and the court of the ancien régime Jeanice Brooks
    17. Musical aesthetics of the Siècle des Lumières Georgia J. Cowart
    18. Paris and the regions from the Revolution to World War I Katharine Ellis.

  • Editor

    Simon Trezise, Trinity College, Dublin
    Simon Trezise is an Associate Professor in the School of Drama, Film and Music at Trinity College, Dublin. His research focuses on the music of Debussy and France in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the history and practice of recording, aspects of performance practice and film music. His publications include Debussy: La Mer (Cambridge, 1995) and The Cambridge Companion to Debussy (editor, Cambridge, 2003).


    Simon Trezise, Alice V. Clark, Lawrence Earp, Fabrice Fitch, Peter Bennett, Georgia J. Cowart, Debra Nagy, Michael McClellan, Andy Fry, Jonathan Goldman, Jacqueline Waeber, Steven Huebner, Luc Charles-Dominique, David Loosely, John Haines, Andrew Tomasello, Jeanice Brooks, Katharine Ellis

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