A French Song Companion / Edition 1

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Overview

A French Song Companion is an indispensable guide to the modern repertoire and the most comprehensive book of French mélodie in any language. Noted accompanist Graham Johnson provides repertoire guides to the work of over 150 composers—the majority of them from France but including British, American, German, Spanish, and Italian musicians who have written French vocal music. The book contains major articles on Fauré, Duparc, Debussy, Ravel, and Poulenc, as well as essays on Bizet, Chabrier, Gounod, Chausson, Hahn, and Satie, and important reassessments of such composers as Massenet, Koechlin, and Leguerney.

The book combines these articles with the complete texts in English of over 700 songs, all translated by Richard Stokes, making it also a treasury of French poetry from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries. The translations alone will prove invaluable to music lovers and performers; combined with the biographical articles, they become the ideal map for exploring this exciting and diverse repertoire.

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Editorial Reviews

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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: 829,508
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Translator's Introduction
The History of the Mélodie : A Pocket Introduction
How to Use this Book
A French Song Companion
Afterword
Index of Translated Poems
Select Index of Poets
Index of Translations

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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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