'flicking through the lovingly enthusiastic writing in this Companion is a rewarding experience. Johnson has excelled on every level and his experience as an accompanist transforms this book into a precious insider's account. What could easily have turned out to be a dry catalogue is in fact a lively, witty and informative journey.' -Francis Carlin, The Singer'A great deal of thought has obviously gone into the presentation of the enormous number of facts to be found here... Furthermore, the book is a delight to handle.' -GramaphoneThe French Song Companion is an indispensable guide to French song. 150 composers and 700 song translations make this the ideal handbook both for the seasoned enthusiast, and the newcomer to this endlessly fascinating repertory. Graham Johnson, one of the world's busiest accompanists, brings his wide experience to the biographical commentaries, and Richard Stokes, renowned for his translations of German Lieder, provides line-by-line translations of some of the greatest poems ever set to music.His training was in Vienna, where he was a pupil of Berg, but his musical predilections seem to have been French. His epigramatic style is typ- ified by deux lettres da#39;enfants (1954), settings of thank-you letters from the two children of the composer Daniel-Lesur. ... Hea#39;s so funny that he makes me laugh, it s tremendous.
|Title||:||A French Song Companion|
|Author||:||Graham Johnson, Richard Stokes|
|Publisher||:||Oxford : Oxford University Press - 2002|