B0831. GABRIEL FAURÉ, A MUSICAL LIFE. JEAN-MICHEL NECTOUX. Translated by Roger Nichols. Cambridge,
Cambridge University Press, 1991. 646pp. Photos and Illus.; Chronology; Chronological catalogue of
Faurés works; Notes; Bibliography; Discography; Index of names; Index of works by Garbiel Fauré; DJ. - 0-521-23524-3
“Jean-Michel Nectoux's important new biography of Gabriel Fauré is the most comprehensive study yet of this central figure of fin-de-siècle France. It traces the composer's life and the rich cultural milieu in which he lived and worked: the world also of Saint-Saëns, Flaubert, Verlaine, Ravel, Debussy and Proust. A large part of the book considers Fauré's music, with particular emphasis on his adjustment to the musical language of the twentieth century and the formation of his late style. Works in all genres are discussed in detail. The book is the fruit of over twenty years' research by Nectoux, the foremost authority on Gabriel Fauré. He has read more than 5000 previously unpublished letters and has unearthed more than 120 musical manuscripts in the process of writing this definitive study. The text is richly illustrated with rare photographs from Fauré's lifetime and contains an extended chronology of the composer's life, a complete chronological listing of all his own works and a detailed bibliography.
When you read GABRIEL FAURÉ: A MUSICAL LIFE you really get around the subject in every possible way. Not only is it obvious why Jean-Michel Nectoux is seen as the number one pro on the area, you also get the impression that he is quite capable in handling the subject in both a historic and musicologic manner. The book is highly recommentable. Also for foreign students who wish to approach the life and music of the wonderfull composer Gabriel Fauré without having to many problems with the English language.”
- Desirée Burmeister