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Author: Edward Blakeman
ISBN: 0195170997
Language: English
Pages: 352 pages
Category: Music
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 28, 2005)
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The French flute player and conductor Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) .

The French flute player and conductor Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) was an extraordinary virtuoso and a major figure in fin-de-siècle Parisian musical life. Based on a treasure trove of private documents of Taffanel's previously unpublished letters and papers, Taffanel: Genius of the Flute recounts the rich story of his multi-faceted career as a player, conductor, composer, teacher, and leader of musical organizations. As a player, Taffanel had a rare vision of the flute as a serious, expressive instrument and his name sits at the center of the extraordinary lineage of flutists.

This is an extraordinary biography of the flute genius who literally created the French Flute School

Strongly recommended not only to flutists but to devotees of French culture as well. -John Solum, concert flutist, author of The Early Flute. This is an extraordinary biography of the flute genius who literally created the French Flute School. His scholarly appreciation and natural love for the flute was a form of a French Musical Revolution.

Edward Blakeman has produced a very readable biography of Taffanel . Paul Taffanel (1844 - 1908) is essentially the father of modern flute playing.

Edward Blakeman has produced a very readable biography of Taffanel which will not only become a best seller amongst flute players but will also bring the great man to a wider audience. Category: Flute Reference Books Publisher: Oxford University Press Publisher's reference: 9780195170993 Our Stock Code: 929233 Media Type: Paperback.

Edward Blakeman expertly places these and many other elements of Taffanel's story in the rich political and cultural backdrop of the time, evoking Conservatoire intrigues, the Societe des concerts, and Taffanel's relationships with various musicians and major composers. Blakeman details the circumstances surrounding landmark commissions, performances, and repertoire, and weaves the details from Taffanel's correspondence with first-person interviews and flute lore.

The French flute player and conductor Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) was an extraordinary virtuoso and a major figure in fin de siecle Parisian musical life.

Book Overview Based on a treasure trove of private documents of Taffanel's previously unpublished letters and papers, Taffanel: Genius of the Flute.

The French flute player and conductor Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) was an extraordinary virtuoso and a major figure in fin de si cle Parisian musical life.

Taffanel aimed to reestablish the flute as a mainstream instrument. Through his eyes, the serious, expressive instrument had a lot to offer. Taffanel studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Louis Dorus, graduating in 1860. When Taffanel became Professor of Flute at the Conservatoire, in 1893, he revised the institute’s repertoire and teaching methods. He reintroduced works by foreign composers and those of earlier generations, including Bach.

Taffanel was also a fluent composer for the flute and wind quintet, writing several . Today, this is considered a standard method book for flute players to study from. Blakeman, Edward, Taffanel: Genius of the Flute (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).

Taffanel was also a fluent composer for the flute and wind quintet, writing several pieces considered part of standard flute repertoire today. These include: Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino. Gaubert became the second most recognized French flautist and composer (after Taffanel). He suffered from a physical breakdown in 1901, and died in Paris on November 22, 1908.

Edward Blakeman's long-awaited biography of Paul Taffanel will be much appreciated by scholars and performers. achievements against the cultural institutions of the Belle Epoque. -Mark Tanner, Musical Opinion "Edward Blakeman expertly rises to this challenge as he lucidly tells the story of this fascinating, important, and kindly man who influenced flute playing indelibly over the later decades of the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth.

This is a brand new book at a great price. Author Edward Blakeman. Publication Year 2005. Publisher Oxford University Press.

The French flute player and conductor Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) was an extraordinary virtuoso and a major figure in fin de siécle Parisian musical life. Based on a treasure trove of private documents of Taffanel's previously unpublished letters and papers, Taffanel: Genius of the Flute recounts the rich story of his multi-faceted career as a player, conductor, composer, teacher, and leader of musical organizations. As a player, Taffanel had a rare vision of the flute as a serious, expressive instrument and is credited with re-establishing it in the mainstream of music. He was also an inspiring teacher at the Paris Conservatoire, to whom many modern flutists can trace their roots. In 1879, Taffanel founded the Société de musique de chambre pour instruments à vent (Society of Chamber Music for Wind Instruments), reviving the wind ensemble music of Mozart and Beethoven, and breaking the dominance of piano and strings in recital and chamber music. From 1890, he served as chief conductor at the Paris Opera and the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire (Paris Conservatory Orchestra)--the first time a flutist, rather than a string player, had been appointed to such key positions. Edward Blakeman expertly places these and many other elements of Taffanel's story in the rich political and cultural backdrop of the time, evoking Conservatoire intrigues, the Société des concerts, and Taffanel's relationships with various musicians and major composers. Blakeman details the circumstances surrounding landmark commissions, performances, and repertoire, and weaves the details from Taffanel's correspondence with first-person interviews and flute lore. What emerges is a portrait of an all-around musician who was also a modest and genial man.
Comments (4)
Ieregr
As a professional flutist and one who has studied the French School for most of my life both in the US and in France, I found this book absolutely riveting. The author did a marvelous job of communicating the importance of Taffanel in establishing the flute as a viable and serious instrument within a social and cultural context that had hitherto only rendered the human voice, violin and piano as worthy of listening to within public chamber and solo contexts. What came out to me about the man was his integrity, sensitivity, humility and absolute dedication to the art, as well as his humanity and obvious generosity of spirit. In reading about Taffanel, I am reminded of one of my own teachers in France, the great Pierre-Yves Artaud, a student of Crunelle who was a student of Gaubert (who in turn was Taffanel's star pupil). You can see why Taffanel was so revered by his students and their students. As one of his "great grandchildren" (musically speaking, of course), I am honored to just be in the same family tree as this great man!
Whitehammer
Biography of the flute maestro who revolutionalised french flute playing, using the instrument as a "voice" in lyrical pieces; early-adopted and endorsed the Boehm flute as having the superior design, popularised french romantiscm & birthed the French Flute School.

Blakeman had the good fortune of accessing firsthand family records and thus was able give a detailed construct of this biography.

If you love taffenel, gaubert, debussy, poulenc, saint-saens, chaminade etc etc, and all things french, read this. Quite dry & academic but it's all there.

Written in textual no nonsense style. Informative but truth be told...I'm REALLY, really struggling through it. Will revisit soon.
Yainai
Very rare to find such a scholarly study of one of the most influential Flautists in history. From him came the whole school of 20th century French flute players. Sadly there is no recording I know of to illustrate his sound tone.
tamada
This is an extraordinary biography of the flute genius who literally created the French Flute School. His scholarly appreciation and natural love for the flute was a form of a French Musical Revolution. It is also a very scholarly book and you may need to take time to digest the information as it is served to you in 4-course portions.

What makes this book so outstanding is that family records have been included and each bit of information has been completely researached. Taffanel, whose name is synonymous with flutes and the Renaissance of French Romanticism also embraced the Boehm flute and recognized the sheer brilliance in Boehm's design and dynamics.

If you love the flute, history and geniuses who made a good thing even better, then you will want to read this book. It IS a French Revolution - a French MUSICAL revolution.