Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings › Chapter
|Host publication||French Music since Berlioz|
|Editors||Richard Langham Smith, Caroline Potter|
|Number of pages||32|
This chapter posits that there is a distinct spiritual dimension that increases in intensity through the 1930s, superseding the preoccupations with exoticism and neoclassicism; in challenging the canon, it analyses largely unfamiliar compositions of Ibert, Roussel, through to the unjustly overlooked Jolivet, who arguably eclipses Messiaen at this time. These achievements are scrutinized within a complex and diversifying sociocultural context, in which popular music and widening leisure activities, coupled by economic hardship, create testing conditions for the composition of new music. Detailed engagement en route with the journal, La Revue Musicale, provides a barometer to measure contemporary artistic opinion.