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Vocal Music by Faure

Academic journal article Notes

Vocal Music by Faure

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Gabriel Faure. Melodies et duos, Volume 1, Premieres melodies: 1861-1875. Edidon critique etablie par Mimi S. Daitz et Jean-Michel Nectoux. (Musica Gallica.) Paris: J. Hamelle, worldwide dist. by Alphonse Leduc, 2010. [Acknowledgements in Fre., Eng., p. iii-iv; pref. in Fre., Eng., p. vii-xii; plates, p. xiii-xviii; score, p. 1-127; song texts in Fre., Eng., p. 129-52; editorial principles in Fre., Eng., p. 153-66; crit. notes in Fre., p. 167-206. ISMN 979-0-2307-9729-0; pub. no. HA 9 729. 60.79 [euro].]

Gabriel Faure. Vocalises. Voice and Piano = Chant et piano = Singstimme und Klavier. Critical edition by = Edition critique de = Kritische Ausgabe von Roy Howat, Emily Kilpatrick. First edition = Premiere publication = Erstveroffentluchung. London: Peters Edition Ltd., 2013. [Introd. by Frangois Le Roux, p. iii; plate, p. v; pref. in Eng., Fre., Ger., p. vi-xiii; list of progressive musical challenges in Eng., Fre., Ger., p. xiv; contents with ranges, tempos, dates, p. xv; score, p. 2-35; appendix 1, unattributed vocalises probably by Faure, p. 36-48; appendix 2, dictations, p. 49-51; crit. commentary in Eng., p. 52-56; chronological index, p. 57; ISMN 979-057700-445-7 (back cover), ISMN 979-0-014-11441-1 (title page verso); pub. no. EP 11385. $19.96.]

Gabriel Faure. Complete Songs, Volume 1: 1861-1882. Medium Voice = voix moyennes = mittlere Stimme. 34 songs for voice and piano = 34 melodies pour chant et piano = 34 Lieder fur Singstimme und Klavier. Critical edition by = Edition critique de = Kritische Ausgabe von Roy Howat & Emily Kilpatrick. London: Peters Edition Ltd., 2014. [Plates, p. iv-v; general pref., and pref. to vol. 1 in Eng., Fre., Ger., p. vi-xxv; index with ranges, p. xxvi-xxvii; song texts in Fre., Eng., Ger., and Tuscan, p. xxviii-xli; bibliog., p. xlii; score, p. 1-127; table of known chronology and dedicatees in Eng., p. 128-29; crit. commentary in Eng., p. 130-51; appendix, p. 152. ISMN 979-0-014-11761-0; pub. no. EP 11391b. $26.53.]

Gabriel Faure. Complete Songs, Volume 1: 1861-1882. High Voice = voix elevees = hohe Stimme. 34 songs for voice and piano = 34 melodies pour chant et piano = 34 Lieder fur Singstimme und Klavier. Critical edition by = Edition critique de = Kritische Ausgabe von Roy Howat & Emily Kilpatrick. London: Peters Edition Ltd., 2014. [Plates, p. iv-v; general pref., and pref. to vol. 1 in Eng., Fre., Ger., p. vi-xxv; index with ranges, p. xxvi-xxvii; song texts in Fre., Eng., Ger., Tuscan, p. xxviii-xli; bibliog., p. xlii; score, p. 1-127; table of known chronology and dedicatees in Eng., p. 128-29; crit. commentary in Eng., p. 130-51; appendix, p. 152. ISMN 979-0-014-11760-3; pub. no. EP 11391a. $26.53.]

In recent years since the end of the extension of copyright for Gabriel Faure's works, his melodies have been the subject of two critical editions, published by Hamelle and Peters. Jean-Michel Nectoux and Mimi S. Daitz prepared Hamelle's Melodies et duos, volume 1, Premieres melodies 1861-1875, which begins with Le papillon et la fleur (1861), the composer's first romance, and ends with Au bord de l'eau of 1875. Roy Howat and Emily Kilpatrick have completed the first volumes of Peters's Gabriel Faure, Complete Songs with Volume 1: 1861-1882 (high- and medium-voice versions), and also edited the premiere publication of all of Faure's accompanied Vocalises, forty-five in total, only one of which, the well-known Vocalise-Etude of 1907, had been intended for publication. In their preface to the Vocalises, Howat and Kilpatrick explain that these mostiy short exercises were written between 1906 and 1916 when Faure was the director of the Paris Conservatoire. Although they were originally intended for use in sight-reading examinations, the editors suggest that they now could be used to "develop acute aural awareness, vocal placement and musical alertness" (p. vii) in preparation for a study of French melodie. They are progressively ordered in increasing levels of vocal and rhythmic difficulty; a summary of the "progressive and musical challenges" (p. …

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