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Author Murray, Michael, 1943 March 19-

Title French masters of the organ : Saint-Saëns, Franck, Widor, Vierne, Dupré, Langlais, Messiaen / Michael Murray

Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [1998]
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Description 1 online resource (245 pages)
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Contents Aristide Cavaillé-Coll -- Camille Saint-Saëns -- César Franck -- Charles-Marie Widor -- Louis Vierne -- Marcel Dupré -- Jean Langlais -- Olivier Messiaen
Summary This engaging book discusses the colorful personalities and beloved music of the French romantic organist-composers. The book offers to lovers of French music and culture - and especially to student organists - details of these composers' lives and times and of their styles and techniques. Drawing on his personal acquaintance with Messiaen, Langlais, Dupre, and other famous contemporaries, and on period documents, original accounts, early recordings, and other primary sources, Murray examines the relationship between organ building and musical composition, the nature of romanticism and classicism, and the ever-perplexing question of composer versus interpreter
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-223) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Organists -- France -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300147023 (electronic bk.)
9780300147025 (electronic bk.)