Modern French Music

Modern French Music

Modern French Music

Modern French Music

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This study of French music since the Franco-Prussian War is based upon material presented in a course given since 1910 at Harvard University. It also constitutes an expansion of lectures delivered at the Lowell Institute, Boston, in 1920, and under the auspices of the Universities of Strasbourg and Lyon in the autumn of 1921. It aims to combine as far as possible the features necessary for a student's handbook with the untechnical standpoint of the general reader. The music of each composer treated is regarded as the spontaneous reaction of his temperament upon his environment. When the nature of his personality has been established, his mode of expression becomes a logical consequent.

In the preparation of the individual biographies, I have been under constant obligation to the excellent book by M. Octave Séré, revised by M. Jean Poueigh , Musiciens frangais d'aujourd'hui.

The musical examples in the text are reproduced with the kind permission of the publishers MM.

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