‘Le Paradis deux fois perdu’: Debussy, Watteau and the fête galante, in 'Historical Interplay in French Music' edited by Deborah Mawer, Routledge, forthcoming.

Smith, Richard Langham ‘Le Paradis deux fois perdu’: Debussy, Watteau and the fête galante, in 'Historical Interplay in French Music' edited by Deborah Mawer, Routledge, forthcoming. In: Historical Interplay in French Music. Routledge, UK. (In Press)

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A study of Debussy's interest in and settings of poems by Banville and Verlaine based on the themes of the Fête Galante as depicted by Antoine Watteau and others. This edited volume of case studies presents a selective history of French music and culture, but one with a dynamic difference. Eschewing a traditional chronological account, the book explores the nature of relationships between one main period, broadly 1860–1960, and its own historical ‘others’, referencing topics from the Romantic, classical, baroque, renaissance and medieval periods. It probes the emergent interplay, intertextualities and scope for reinterpretation across time and place. Notions of cultural meaning are paramount, especially those pertaining to French identity, national and individual. While founded on historical musicology, the approach benefits from interdisciplinary association with philosophy, history, literature, fine art, film studies and criticism. Attention is paid to French composers’ celebrations and remakings of their predecessors. Editions of and writings about earlier music are examined, together with the cultural reception of productions and performances of past repertoire. Organized into two parts, each of the eleven chapters characterizes a specific cultural network or temporal interplay, which may result in synthesis, disjunction, or historical misreading. The interwar years and those surrounding the Second World War prove particularly rich sources of enquiry. This volume aims to attract a wide readership of musicologists and musicians, as well as cultural historians, other humanities scholars and concert-goers.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: The entire volume will be available to purchase from Routledge November 2017.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 20th Century Music, Music Instruction and Study, Music Theory
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > Music
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > ND Painting
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
M Music and Books on Music > Music aesthetics
M Music and Books on Music > Music History
Division: History
Depositing User: Professor Richard Langham Smith
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2017 14:08
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 13:01
URI: http://researchonline.rcm.ac.uk/id/eprint/234

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