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Voice LessonsFrench Mélodie in the Belle Epoque$
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Katherine Bergeron

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337051

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337051.001.0001

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Farewell to an Idea

Farewell to an Idea

(p.255) Chapter Five Farewell to an Idea
Voice Lessons

Katherine Bergeron

Oxford University Press

The Fêtes galantes of Debussy, the Histoires naturelles of Ravel, and the Mirages of Fauré tell a different story in the decades following 1900, offering a glimpse of that future moment when the art of the mélodie would no longer mean the same thing to French poets, composers, and audiences. This chapter speculates about the waning of the mélodie as a significant cultural expression in the 20th century, while considering the changing cultural value of “sincerity” in the same period.

Keywords:   Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, sincerity

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