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Author Howat, Roy.

Title The art of French piano music : Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Chabrier / Roy Howat.

Imprint New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, c2009.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  786.2092244 H837a 2009    ---  Available
Description xvi, 400 p. : ill., music ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [377]-388) and index.
Contents The exactitude of musical 'Impressionism' (Painting in sound ; Painting in musical structure (1) : Debussy's Preludes ; Painting in musical structure (2) : Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit ; Shapes and forms ; Reflets dans l'eau', Hokusai, Edgar Allan Poe and Leonardo of Pisa) -- Musical roots and antecedents (Chopin's legacy ; 'Musique adorable ': a la decouverte d'Emmanuel Chabrier ; Debussy and the Orient ; The exotic via Russia and Spain ; The clavecinistes ; Romanticism) -- Fresh perspectives (Rhythmic games in Ravel ; Rhythmic games in Chabrier ; Repertoire discoveries) -- At the keyboard (What do we interpret? ; Editions and what they can't quite tell us ; Rhythm, tempo, dance and humour ; A fresh look at Gabriel Faure ; Orchestral thinking and the pedals ; Body language and the piano ; The composer as pianist) -- Appendices ('Facilement, facilement' : finding technical ease ; Glosses on titles and musical allusions ; Composers' surviving instruments and recordings ; Brief summary of critical editions ; Locations of musical manuscripts discussed)
Summary An essential resource for scholars and performers, this study by a world-renowned specialist illuminates the piano music of four major French composers, in comparative and reciprocal context.
Subject Piano music -- France -- History and criticism.
Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Piano music.
Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. Piano music.
Faure, Gabriel, 1845-1924 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Faure, Gabriel, 1845-1924. Piano music.
Chabrier, Emmanuel, 1841-1894 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Chabrier, Emmanuel, 1841-1894. Piano music.
Piano music -- France -- Analysis, appreciation.
ISBN 9780300145472 (hbk.)
0300145470 (hbk.)

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