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'Dancing on the edge of the volcano': French music in the 1930s

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'Dancing on the edge of the volcano': French music in the 1930s. / Mawer, D. H.

French Music since Berlioz. ed. / Richard Langham Smith; Caroline Potter. Ashgate, 2006. p. 249-280.

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Mawer, DH 2006, 'Dancing on the edge of the volcano': French music in the 1930s. in RL Smith & C Potter (eds), French Music since Berlioz. Ashgate, pp. 249-280. <http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754602828>

APA

Mawer, D. H. (2006). 'Dancing on the edge of the volcano': French music in the 1930s. In R. L. Smith, & C. Potter (Eds.), French Music since Berlioz (pp. 249-280). Ashgate. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754602828

Vancouver

Mawer DH. 'Dancing on the edge of the volcano': French music in the 1930s. In Smith RL, Potter C, editors, French Music since Berlioz. Ashgate. 2006. p. 249-280

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Mawer, D. H. / 'Dancing on the edge of the volcano': French music in the 1930s. French Music since Berlioz. editor / Richard Langham Smith ; Caroline Potter. Ashgate, 2006. pp. 249-280

Bibtex

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