Gustave Charpentier et son temps

Michela Niccolai, Jean-Christophe Branger
Catherine Massip, Gérard Condé
Gustave Charpentier
300 pages

This book brings together eight contributions from musicologists: texts centred on the personality and the works of Gustave Charpentier (1860-1956), a composer who is still all too often regarded as the author of a single work, the very successful opera Louise (Op√©ra-Comique, Paris, 1900). The preface was provided by Catherine Massip, honorary director of the Music Department of the Biblioth√®que Nationale de France, and the preamble by the composer G√©rard Cond√©. The articles examine Louise, of course, but also lesser-known works ‚Äď the cantata Didon, his two submissions from the Villa Medici in Rome, his art songs (m√©lodies) ‚Äď and they take a look as well at his relationships with other important figures in French music, including Berlioz and his contemporaries, Massenet, Debussy, Hahn and Bruneau. Finally, the social function of his creative and musical thought is examined. The portrait thus presented is that of a composer who, in his own words, devoted his life to the ‚ÄėArt of Beauty‚Äô.

Michela Niccolai
The musicologist Michela Niccolai, was a postdoctoral student (2010-11) at the University of Montreal (OICRM), where she studied the musical and social writings of Gustave Charpentier (√Čcrits musicaux et sociaux de Gustave Charpentier, √Čditions Vrin, Paris). She obtained her doctorate (Jean Monnet University, Saint-√Čtienne, France; University of Pavia, Italy) on the same subject. Her thesis, La Dramaturgie de Gustave Charpentier, was published recently (Speculum Musicae, 17; Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, Belgium). She is at present preparing a critical edition of the M√©moires de Charpentier (Sym√©trie ‚Äď Palazzetto Bru Zane), while working on collective publications: Verdi Reception with Lorenzo Frass√† (Brepols); Beyond the Stage: Musical Theatre and Performing Arts between the ‚Äėfin de si√®cle‚Äô and the ‚Äėann√©es folles‚Äô with Giuseppe Montemagno (Ut Orpheus Edizioni, Bologna, Italy); Orchestral Conducting in the Nineteenth Century with Roberto Illiano (Ut Orpheus Edizioni); Gustave Charpentier et son temps with Jean-Cristophe Branger (Ut Orpheus Edizioni). She has written many articles on the subject of opera in France and Italy in the late nineteenth century. With Pierre R√©my Campos and Pierre S√©ri√©, she is in charge of the thematic project ‚ÄėThe staging of opera: the staging manuals for operas premi√®red in Paris between 1830 and 1930‚Äô for the Palazzetto Bru Zane ‚Äď Centre de musique romantique fran√ßaise.

Jean-Christophe Branger
Holder of the agr√©gation and a doctorate in musicology, Jean-Christophe Branger is a senior lecturer at the Jean Monnet University, Saint-√Čtienne. His main area of study is French music of the years 1870‚Äď1914, with particular focus on Massenet, Bruneau and Debussy. For several years now he has been co-organiser of the symposia for the Massenet biennials in Saint-√Čtienne (proceedings published by the Publications Universitaires de Saint-√Čtienne in the ‚ÄėMusique et Musicologie‚Äô series, of which he is the director). He is also the author of many articles, an edition of Alfred Bruneau‚Äôs letters to √Čtienne Destranges (Champion, 2003) and, together with Sylvie Douche and Denis Herlin, an important volume on Pell√©as et M√©lisande (Symmetry, 2012), which was awarded the Prix des Muses 2013 (document category).

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