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A French Song Companion - Graham Johnson


Published: 1st April 2002
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A French Song Companion is an indispensable guide to the modern repertoire and the most comprehensive book of French mA(c)lodie in any language. Noted accompanist Graham Johnson provides repertoire guides to the work of over 150 composers--the majority of them from France but including British, American, German, Spanish, and Italian musicians who have written French vocal music. The book contains major articles on FaurA(c), Duparc, Debussy, Ravel, and Poulenc, as well as essays on Bizet, Chabrier, Gounod, Chausson, Hahn, and Satie, and important reassessments of such composers as Massenet, Koechlin, and Leguerney.
The book combines these articles with the complete texts in English of over 700 songs, all translated by Richard Stokes, making it also a treasury of French poetry from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries. The translations alone will prove invaluable to music lovers and performers; combined with the biographical articles, they become the ideal map for exploring this exciting and diverse repertoire.

`the generous provision of accurate translations is extremely useful' Nigel Simeone `for comprehensive coverage of the French art-song to around 1960 this book represents good value for money' Robert Orledge, TLS `Every singer, however experienced, will find new repertoire suggestions here, backed up by Johnson's informed selections within the oeuvre of the more prolific composer, and his invaluable advice about what works best in recital.' Robert Orledge, TLS `many perceptive insights into French song' Robert Orledge, TLS `He wisely does not attempt syllabic or rhyming translations; instead, he remains faithful to the nuances of the original French, and the results never feel dated or embarrassing' Robert Orledge, TLS `it urgently needs to reach the collections of singers, accompanists, singing teachers and Francophiles on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as anyone involved in producing concert programmes and CDs' Robert Orledge, TLS `Johnson does his best to stay witty and informative to the very end, and you could not find a more enthusiastic and dedicated promoter of what sadly now seems to be a genre in decline' Robert Orledge, TLS `Review from previous edition flicking through the lovingly enthusiastic writing in this Companion is a rewarding experience. Johnson has excelled on every level and his experience as an accompanist transforms this book into a precious insider's account. What could easily have turned out to be a dry catalogue is in fact a lively, witty and informative journey.' Francis Carlin, The Singer 05/04/2001 `a magnificent and comprehensive guide to this insufficiently known field. The Author writes in a splendidly idiosyncratic style, reflecting his own hedonistic engagement with a genre which - as he says himself - is comparable with the enjoyment of good food and drink.' Andrew Thompson, Musical Times Winter 07/03/2001 `A great deal of thought has obviously gone into the presentation of the enormous number of facts to be found here ... Furthermore, the book is a delight to handle.' Gramaphone, Dec 2000

Introduction Translator's Introduction The History of the Mélodie: A Pocket Introduction How to Use this Book A French Song Companion Afterword Index of Translated Poems Select Index of Poets Index of Translations

ISBN: 9780199249664
ISBN-10: 0199249660
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 568
Published: 1st April 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 19.0  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 1.05