The Harlequin Years: Music in Paris 1917-1929.
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A Fine tight unread copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. In Paris, during the decade between the first and second world wars, the world witnessed the convergence of music theory and exploration like it had not been seen before. Paris was the hub of the music world visited by travelers and music personalities whose works would change the direction of 20th Century music. The personalities present here include Ravel, Faure, Satie, Stravinsky, and Prokoflev. Richly illustrated with photographics. Bookseller Inventory # 23361
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Through the whole book runs the double thread spun by Jean Cocteau in his little volume Le coq et l'harlequin: the warp of the traditional French cock being pulled by the weft of the foreign, multicolored harlequinade. Roger Nichols's spirited narrative shows that this was also an uncertain time, as the war had cast doubt on old assumptions. Did wisdom necessarily come with age? Were hierarchies necessary? Irreverence was in, the circus was aesthetically at least as valuable as the finest symphony orchestra. Against all this some composers, like Fauré and Roussel, continued with traditional forms, though each brought to them his own highly personal language and syntax.
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" The Harlequin Years presents a highly readable yet thorough examination of the Parisian music scene in the decade following World War I. Through Nichols's lively prose and in his accounts of institutional politics, reception histories, and behind-the-scenes debates, these places and personalities spring to life."—Susan McClary, author of Conventional Wisdom
Title: The Harlequin Years: Music in Paris 1917-...
Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley
Publication Date: 2002
Edition: First Printing of the First Edition.
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