Images and Ideas in Modern French Piano Music: The Extra-Musical Subtext in Piano Works by Ravel, Debussy, and Messiaen

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"This study undertakes to show that some music can be understood as portraying and nuancing, commenting on and interpreting a non-musical stimulus, and to elaborate in detail just how this is achieved in a number of small musical works. The result reveals that there is a wealth of possible relationships between musical components and the extra-musical stimuli that presumably brought them into being." Siglind Bruhn (Preface)

This book was originally published in 1997 by Pendragon Press.

Table of Contents

Part I: Images and Impressions
The Representation of Fictitious Images
Times of Absorption: Oracles, Funerals and Celebrations
Enchanted Places
Wind and Water, Fog and Snow
Flowers, Insects, and Birds
Comedians and other performers

Part II: Tales and Poems
The Interarts Translation of Narratives
Nymphs, Fairies, and Sprites
Evening Harmony, Morning Delight, and Death
Apparitions and Visitations

Part III: Spiritual Concepts and Divine Attributes
The Meditative Transfiguration of Imagery
God's Love
The Child
Incarnation and Suffering
The Word
The Exchange of Natures and the Nature(s) of Time and Silence

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