As musicology increasingly embraces interdisciplinary approaches, this series of specially commissioned volumes offers fresh perspectives on composers whose works drew deeply on other artistic mediums, including painting, architecture, poetry and prose. Each volume comprises a series of commissioned essays which explore the musical, artistic and literary inspiration behind a particular composer’s output. Biographical, analytical, historical and contextual studies are drawn together to throw new light on and suggest new ways of understanding these composers and their work.
By Caroline Rae
November 05, 2018
This first book in English on the French composer André Jolivet (1905–1974) investigates his music, life and influence. A pupil of Varèse and colleague of Messiaen in La Jeune France, Jolivet is a major figure in French music of the twentieth century. His music combines innovative language with ...
By Christopher Dingle, Nigel Simeone
November 15, 2016
When Olivier Messiaen died in 1992, the prevailing image was of a man apart; a deeply religious man whose only sources of inspiration were God and Nature and a composer whose music progressed along an entirely individual path, artistically impervious to contemporaneous events and the whims both of ...
By Caroline Potter
September 30, 2016
Erik Satie (1866-1925) was a quirky, innovative and enigmatic composer whose impact has spread far beyond the musical world. As an artist active in several spheres - from cabaret to religion, from calligraphy to poetry and playwriting - and collaborator with some of the leading avant-garde figures ...
By Sidney Buckland, Myriam Chimènes
October 28, 1999
This collection of essays provides vivid new insights into Poulenc’s world, his particular rapport with painters, writers and fellow musicians, and with the social élite who promoted his music through their salons. Contributions from international Poulenc scholars include the influence of various ...
By Stewart R. Craggs
June 28, 1999
This collection of essays seeks to reflect the many aspects of the life and work of William Walton. Written by acknowledged Walton scholars they cover the literary influences in his music and the current debates that surround them. Walton’s particularly well-known compositions are examined, such ...