Faure and French Musical Aesthetics (Music in the Twentieth Century)0521781078, 9780521781077, 9780511019319
Description:This wide-ranging study of Gabriel Faur? and his contemporaries reclaims aesthetic categories crucial to French musical life in the early twentieth century. Its interrelated chapters treat the topics of sincerity, originality, novelty, self-renewal, homogeneity and religious belief in relation to Faur?’s music and ideas. Taking a broad view of cultural life during the composer’s lifetime and beyond, the book moves between specific details in Faur?’s music and related critical, literary and philosophical issues, ranging from Gounod to Boulez and from Proust to Val?ry. Above all, the book connects abstract values to artistic choices and thus places such works as Faur?’s Requiem, La bonne chanson, La chanson d’Eve, L’horizon chim?rique, and the chamber music in a new light.