Vincent d'Indy and his World by Andrew ThomsonVincent d'Indy and his World by Andrew Thomson

Vincent d'Indy and his World

byAndrew Thomson

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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Over sixty years after his death in 1931, Vincent d'Indy is still a much misunderstood and maligned figure in French music. Previous biographers have left a portrait of the academic figure par excellence, who turned the seemingly inspired and selfless inspiration of his master Cesar Franckinto a cold and authoritarian pedagogical system. This new study re-examines the evidence, reveals a much more psychologically complex and turbulent character, and finds that d'Indy was a tireless propagandist for a spiritual revival of French musical civilization. Yet he was fully aware of thesocial and intellectual problems of the secular Third Republic which militated against his Dante-inspired Catholic humanism, embodied in the work of the Schola Cantorum, the Paris institution founded by d'Indy to reform the practice of sacred music. Far from being a pure reactionary, his outlook wasin reality remarkably progressive, manifest in his revivals of early music, notably Monteverdi's Orfeo, his encouragement of Debussy, and his willingness to engage - often pugnaciously - with the latest musical manifestations of Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Varese. His owncompositions likewise contain passages of astonishingly bold invention and modernistic effects, all too easily overlooked.
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Title:Vincent d'Indy and his WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198162200

ISBN - 13:9780198162209

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Editorial Reviews

`Using documentation hitherto unavailable, This book now supersedes the earlier study by Vallas and becomes the standard work on d'Indy.'James Harding, BBC Music