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The Harlequin Years: Music in Paris 1917–1929

Roger Nichols.
Publisher Thames & Hudson  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780500510957
Pages/Publication Date 288/2002
Daedalus Item Code 34458
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Paris in the 1920s was one of the greatest artistic crossroads of the modern era, particularly in music—Ravel, Fauré, Satie, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev, as well as up-and-coming members of Les Six like Poulenc, Milhaud, and Auric, all worked in or near the city, at times collaborating with painters like Picasso, Braque, and Derain. It was, as Stravinsky said, the hub of the musical world, and there was an ongoing tug-of-war between Parisian culture and the many expatriate influences, much of it documented by Jean Cocteau in Le Coq et l'Arlequin. Roger Nichols, also the author of several books on Debussy and Ravel, bases this book on his BBC Radio 3 series of the same name.

"A highly readable yet thorough examination of the Parisian music scene in the decade following World War I. Through Nichols's lively prose and in his accounts of institutional politics, reception histories, and behind-the-scenes debates, these places and personalities spring to life."—Susan McClary

"Nichols draws a detailed picture of the vibrant, often risqué Parisian musical culture that flowered after the near debacle of WWI. The author eschews a chronological approach in favor of devoting individual chapters to the different musical institutions: the various orchestra series that had long been a major feature of Parisian musical life and played such an important role in introducing Wagner to French audiences; the opera houses and ballet companies; and the salons and their hostesses, like the Singer sewing machine heiress the princesse de Polignac. Nichols gives overdue attention to the Ballets Suedois, which is usually overshadowed by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Its founder, Rolf de Maré, provided opportunities for many young composers during the 1920s and discovered Josephine Baker."—Publishers Weekly

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