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Images and Ideas in Modern French Piano Music

The Extra-Musical Subtext in Piano Works by Ravel, Debussy, and Messiaen

Siglind Bruhn
2010

425 pp.

8 illustrations

ISBN: 978-1576471975

Paperback 6x9in $46.00


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In our visually-oriented society, music appears to stand apart from other arts. Yet just as a poet can write a poem whose focus is a painting, so musicians have composed scores based on poems, paintings, and other non-musical art forms. In instrumental music, such reinterpretations are especially intriguing as the verbal or visual stimulus does not appear in performance but is rendered in musical form.
Siglind Bruhn:

A musicologist, concert pianist, and interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on compositions of the 20th century. Prior to coming to the United States, she taught for ten years in Germany and at the University of Hong Kong. Since 1993 she has been a full-time researcher at the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities (one of six “Life Research Associates”); in the fall of 2004, she was appointed chercheur permanent at the Institut d’Esthétique des Arts Contemporains at Université de Paris 1–La Sorbonne. She has been an elected member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2001.

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