Charles François Gounod: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge Music Bibliographies)

By Timothy Flynn

Charles François Gounod: A learn and data advisor is an annotated bibliography referring to either the character of fundamental assets regarding the composer and the scope and importance of the secondary resources which take care of him and his compositions.

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Gounod doesn't try to mimic Palestrina’s contrapuntal type or the stern ideas of his melodic formulae, yet really it's the plainness and sober harmonic stream that affected Gounod and which he stumbled on important. the concept that of song serving the textual content, which involved Palestrina and different Renaissance composers, was once a classy with which Gounod pointed out; he liked the worth of his textual content for either non secular and dramatic reasons and used song to intensify and heighten its dramatic strength. might be the main extraordinary instance of this can be heard within the Sept Paroles du Christ sur l. a. croix of 1855 and within the prologue to Roméo et Juliette, with its somber, homophonic choral declamation similar to the fashion of fauxbourdon psalmody. different examples exist somewhere else, particularly in a variety of choral passages of The Redemption. It used to be a method, or perhaps method, that Gounod used all through his profession for dramatic reasons, in either sacred and secular compositions. in the course of his Prix de Rome trip, Gounod additionally met Felix Mendelssohn the place he heard his Scottish Symphony played by way of the Gewanthaus Orchestra, after which obtained an autographed replica of the rating from Mendelssohn. fifty three back, what Gounod could have bought from Mendelssohn was once a classical concision and crafty formal layout instead of particular stylistic components. The cleanness of Mendelssohn’s tune, its delicacy and classical precision are likewise features of Gounod’s track, and extraordinary attributes which remained with him his whole occupation. It was once additionally the song of Mozart that inspired Gounod’s classical simplicity. In his essay on Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the composer issues to 1 of crucial parts in Mozart’s tune that tremendously affected Gounod’s personal musical variety. He says: … it can be crucial, initially, to prevent looking for impact [emphasis Gounod’s]. I suggest the following through the note impression, no longer the influence produced at the listener by means of the paintings itself, and impact of allure, grace, tenderness, terror—in a note, all of the emotions which the musical textual content bargains, or, no less than, should still provide, on its own within the shape and portrayal—but that exaggeration of accessory, mild and color …54 it's accurately this “exaggeration” which Gounod additionally avoids in his personal track. He permits the track to talk for itself, easily and merely. through the essay, Introduction 19 Gounod praises Mozart for his accentuation and expression of the textual content. This too, used to be anything that Gounod consistently strove for in his personal songs and dramatic track. He used to be sincerely inspired by way of Mozart’s noble simplicity and purity of favor and within the preface to his learn on Don Giovanni, Gounod confesses that this opera “exercised the effect of a revelation upon the total of my lifestyles. ”55 There are different composers, too, whose effect is heard in Gounod’s song. whereas this impression is subtler in many ways, there are different impacts which are show up extra at once and clearly; this can be the placement with Beethoven’s 7th symphony, as pointed out above.

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