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French Masters of the Organ: Saint-Saëns, Franck, Widor, Vierne, Dupré, Langlais, Messiaen

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This engaging book discusses the colorful personalities and beloved music of the French romantic organist-composers. The book offers to lovers of French music and culture - and especially to student organists - details of these composers' lives and times and of their styles and techniques. Drawing on his personal acquaintance with Messiaen, Langlais, Dupre, and other famous contemporaries, and on period documents, original accounts, early recordings, and other primary sources, Murray examines the relationship ...
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Overview

This engaging book discusses the colorful personalities and beloved music of the French romantic organist-composers. The book offers to lovers of French music and culture - and especially to student organists - details of these composers' lives and times and of their styles and techniques. Drawing on his personal acquaintance with Messiaen, Langlais, Dupre, and other famous contemporaries, and on period documents, original accounts, early recordings, and other primary sources, Murray examines the relationship between organ building and musical composition, the nature of romanticism and classicism, and the ever-perplexing question of composer versus interpreter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300072914
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Aristide Cavaille-Coll 19
Ch. 2 Camille Saint-Saens 42
Ch. 3 Cesar Franck 64
Ch. 4 Charles-Marie Widor 89
Ch. 5 Louis Vierne 108
Ch. 6 Marcel Dupre 133
Ch. 7 Jean Langlais 155
Ch. 8 Olivier Messiaen 180
Bibliography 207
Index 225
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