By Roger Nichols
Saint-Saëns's writings offer a well-argued counter-discourse to the powerful modernist tune critics who rallied round Debussy and Ravel throughout the fin de siècle. And especially, they reveal a brilliantly sharp and energetic mind, expressing itself via prose of a Classical purity and stability, enlivened all through with flashes of wit and, every now and then, of sheer malice.
In this generously annotated quantity, popular student, professional translator and radio broadcaster Roger Nichols brings a number of the composer's such a lot awesome and evocative writings brilliantly to lifestyles in English translation, many for the 1st time. Nichols has conscientiously selected those choices for his or her intrinsic curiosity as ancient files to create a well-balanced and fascinating view of the guy, the tune, and the age.
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