By R. J. Stove

ISBN-10: 0810882078

ISBN-13: 9780810882072

César Franck (1822–1890), Belgian born and French domiciled, used to be probably the most amazing composers of the nineteenth century. a couple of his works are ordinarily recorded—such as his Symphony in D Minor, Symphonic Variations, Violin Sonata, and the ever-popular Panis Angelicus—and but 38 years have elapsed considering a biography of him seemed in English.

Now with César Franck: His lifestyles and Times, R. J. range fills this hole within the historical past of overdue 19th-century classical song with a full-length examine of the guy and his track. Drawing on resources by no means earlier than mentioned in English, range paints a much more distinctive photo of this nice musician and deeply enjoyed guy, whose impression in either his local and followed lands used to be remarkable. range conscientiously delves into intimate concerns of Franck’s existence, together with his resilience within the face of his exploitation as a toddler prodigy on the piano, his improvement from a shy and stressed piano instructor into some of the most sought-after luminaries of Paris’s Conservatoire, and the reality in the back of Franck’s alleged affair with one in all his students.

Throughout his examine, range interweaves panoramic surveys of the political and social scene in Belgium and France, contextualizing Franck’s achievements in his old milieu, from his upward thrust as a well-known grasp of the organ to his dealings with major composers reminiscent of Liszt, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Chabrier, and others. César Franck: His lifestyles and Times is an engagingly written biography bound to curiosity classical track listeners of all stripes.

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