A Conversation for French Music (1870 - 1945)
Seth of Rabi Started conversation Jan 13, 2001
Camille Saint-Saens dates are 1835-1921
I'm not sure about the Franck/d'Indy comments. The 'frigid technician' accusation was directed at all sorts of people (especially Saint-Saens) and often unfairly I think. The real question is why during the Romantic period did the French establishment discourage home-grown composers from writing anything but comic opera. Was it self-doubt, self-interest or just plain philistinism? It was this that changed (temporarily) after the Commune, but a great chance had been missed and the composers of our study period were probably marginalised because of it.
I have the bare bones of an intro that explores this. How do I post it?
If you are short of biographies, I have some very good source material, but most of it is in French!!
Kes Posted Jan 14, 2001
If you post it in this conversation, I'll copy it into the draft article - I've already put up the heading for it. Yes - good point about the active discouragement ... we should explain that in the article.
OK - if we can't find bio material in English, I can translate from the French - no worries - just a matter of it taking a bit more time. Hang on to the references for now. I'm still hoping people will volunteer to do some of the bios ...
Kes Posted Jan 16, 2001
I've started a thread where all contributors can comment on the main Entry. Please bookmark it, and use the thread - atm we're spread around about 6 conversations! :-) Thread is: http://www.h2g2.com/F62205?thread=98485&post=819583
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