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Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts: French Music Booklist
In the early years of the 20th Century, Paris was the cultural capitol of the world and la musique francaise was exemplified by composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Satie, and the group of composers known as Les Six. Here are a few books that chronicle that wonderful period of artistic explosion.
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Title: Paris: The Musical Kaleidescope 1870-1925
Author: Brody, Elaine
Publisher: George Braziller (1987)
ISBN: 080761176x
Call Number: 780.9443 B785p
Notes: An overview of a 55-year period of major developments in music and the arts as Paris became the cultural center of the world.

 
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Title: French Cultural Politics & Music: From the Dreyfus Affair to the First World War
Author: Fulcher, Jane F.
Publisher: Oxford University Press (1999)
ISBN: 9780195120219
Call Number: 780.944 F956f
Notes: Examines the effect of the French political environment at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Centuries on composers such as Debussy, Satie, D'Indy, and others.

 
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Title: The Ox on the Roof: Scenes From Musical Life in Paris in the Twenties
Author: Harding, James
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (1972)
ISBN: ocm00508218
Call Number: 780.944 H219o
Notes: "Les Six" (the group of Pariasian composers comprised of Auric, Durey, Honneger, Milhaud, Poulenc, and Tailleferre) began to become known through poet/playwright Jean Cocteau and his and Milhaud's famous 1919 ballet "Le Boeuf sur le toit".

 
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Title: Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Author: Hill, Peter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521622219
Call Number: 782.9509 St82h
Notes: Stravinsky's famous ballet, composed for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, caused a riot when it premiered in Paris in 1913. It is still one of the most famous pieces of 20th Century classical music.

 
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Title: Making Jazz French: Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris
Author: Jackson, Jeffrey H.
Publisher: Duke University Press (2003)
ISBN: 9780822331247
Notes: American jazz had an enormous influence in France, especially with the arrival of GIs at the end of WW!

 
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Title: The Harlequin Years: Music in Paris 1917-1929
Author: Nichols, Roger
Publisher: University of California Press (2002)
ISBN: 9780520237360
Call Number: 780.9443 N518h
Notes: A well-known music historian recounts the incredibly rich and creative cultural life of Paris during the period following First World War.