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A French Song Companion is a guide to French song. 150 composers and 700 song translations make this the handbook both for the seasoned enthusiast, and the newcomer to this repertory. Graham Johnson brings his experience to the biographical commentaries, and Richard Stokes, renowned for his translations of German Lieder, provides line-by-line translations of some of the greatest poems ever set to music.
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"This is an exceptional book, an excellent addition to the library of anyone who has an interest in French song. Any single section—essays, song texts, historical overview, bibliography—would be invaluable in its own right, but the combination, with its meticulous cross references, creates a volume well worth its purchase price, and one that will be used frequently, whether you perform, teach, or simply listen to this exquisite repertoire."—Debra Greschner

"[a] comprehensive survey...Biographical essays on each composer, written in scholarly but engaging style, attest to fastidious research...This is a major work, a beautiful and indispensable guide to a primary genre of song literature."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199249664
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2002 First Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 714,040
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Translators' Preface
The History of the Melodie: A Pocket Introduction
How to Use this Book
A French Song Companion 1
Afterword, with eighty suggestions for further reading 500
Index 1 Selected poets 511
Index 2 Composers in translation 519
Index 3 Titles of translated poems 526
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2006

    Terrific, Entertaining Resource

    This is a well written, enjoyable read that is the best book of it's kind: anything and everything you could ever want to know about French melodie. It is well organized, well researched, and easy to follow. Also includes literal translations of each composer's major songs.

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