Images and Ideas in Modern French Piano Music: The Extra-Musical Subtext in Piano Works by Ravel, Debussy, and Messiaen

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IMAGES AND IDEAS IN MODERN FRENCH PIANO MUSIC
The Extra-Musical Subtext in Piano Worksby Ravel, Debussy, and Messiaen

by Siglind Bruhn

AESTHETICS IN MUSIC No. 6 Edward Lippman, General Editor

PENDRAGON PRESS 1997 STUYVESANT, NY

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  • Title Page iii
  • Other Titles in the Series AESTHETICS IN MUSIC iv
  • Contents v
  • List of Plates viii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xiv
  • Part I IMAGES AND IMPRESSIONS 1
  • Times of Absorption 5
  • Enchanted Places 41
  • Wind and Water, Fog and Snow 63
  • Flowers, Insects and Birds 97
  • Comedians and Other Performers 115
  • Part II TALES AND POEMS 135
  • The Interarts Translation of Narratives 137
  • Nymphs, Fairies, and Sprites 141
  • Evening Harmony, Morning Delight, and Death 159
  • Apparitions and Visitations 181
  • Part III SPIRITUAL CONCEPTS AND DIVINE ATTRIBUTES 229
  • The Meditative Transfiguration of Imagery 231
  • God's Love 235
  • The Child 271
  • Incarnation and Suffering 287
  • The Word 317
  • The Exchange of Natures and the Nature(s) of Time and Silence 353
  • Appendix I: Les tierces alternées 377
  • Appendix II: Messiaen's Musical Language 385
  • Appendix III: Brief Overview of Messiaen's Piano Cycle Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus 391
  • Appendix IV: French Performance Indications 397
  • Further Reading 417
  • INDEX OF COMPOSITIONS 423
  • The Author 425
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