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Accenting the Classics: Editing European Music in France, 1915-1925
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400 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

127 b/w illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

Accenting the Classics: Editing European Music in France, 1915-1925

by Deborah Mawer, Barbara L. Kelly, Rachel Moore and Graham Sadler

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Brings new insights to the music of well-known European composers by telling a fascinating, little-known story about French music publishing, specifically through the lens of Jacques Durand's Édition Classique.

French composers, performers and musicologists acted as editors of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European 'classics', primarily for piano. Among these editors were Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Ravel and Dukas; the objects of their enquiries included core works by Rameau, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Chopin. Presenting six composer-editor case studies, the volume shows that the French 'accent', both musical and cultural, upon this predominantly Austro-German music was highly varied. Editorial responses range from scholarly approaches to those directed by performance or compositional agendas, and from pan-European to strongly patriotic stances. Intriguing intersections are revealed between old and new, and between French and cross-European canons. Beyond editing, the book explores the Édition's role in pedagogy and performance, including by pianists Robert Casadesus and Yvonne Loriod, and in the reassertion of contemporary French composition, especially regarding innovation around neoclassicism. It will interest a wide readership, including musicologists, performers and concert-goers, cultural historians and other humanities scholars.
Introduction

PART I. DURAND AND HIS ÉDITION CLASSIQUE
1 The Historical Evolution of the Édition Classique
Graham Sadler
2 Charting the Édition: Production Data, Musical Contents and Relationships
Deborah Mawer and Graham Sadler

PART II. COMPOSER-EDITOR CASE STUDIES
3 'De-Germanising' Music Publishing: Dukas's Beethoven in Wartime France
Rachel Moore
4 Mozart as 'Classic' in Early Twentieth-Century France: The Case of Saint-Saëns's Mozart Editions
Barbara L. Kelly
5 Making Mendelssohn (More) French: Ravel and Six pièces enfantines
Deborah Mawer
6 Accenting Bach: An Editorial Trajectory from Fauré to Roger-Ducasse
Deborah Mawer
7 Repackaging the Old Masters: The Place of Early Keyboard Music in the Édition Classique
Graham Sadler
8 Debussy's Homage to Chopin: as Editor, Performer and Composer
Appendix: Debussy-Chopin entries in the Livres de cotage (1919-90s)
Barbara L. Kelly

PART III. BEYOND EDITING: PEDAGOGY, PERFORMANCE, COMPOSITION
9 The Édition Classique in Action: Pedagogy and Performance
Rachel Moore and Barbara L. Kelly
10 The Édition Classique and French Neoclassicism: L'École moderne as Exemplar
Appendix: Alphabetical tabulation of composers and pieces
Deborah Mawer

Afterword

Select Bibliography
Index

DEBORAH MAWER is Emeritus Professor of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

BARBARA L. KELLY is Professor of Music, University of Leeds

RACHEL MOORE is Lecturer in Music, Cardiff University.

GRAHAM SADLER is Professor of Musicology, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

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Title Details

400 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

127 b/w illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press