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Title: Paul Taffanel (1844-1908) and his significance in French musical life
Author: Blakeman, Edward Graham
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1994
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This is the first major study of the French flute player and conductor, Paul Taffanel. It draws extensively on previously unavailable material from a private archive in Paris. Taffanel's life, career, and works are described and evaluated, with particular reference to his influence as founder of the modern French School of flute playing, which has since been widely adopted throughout the world; also as leader of a renaissance in playing and composing chamber music for wind instruments, through his Societe de musigue de chambre pour instruments A vent, founded in 1879. A complete set of programmes is reproduced in facsimile and analysed. The principles and effects of Taffanel's teaching at the Paris Conservatoire are discussed, and two unpublished fragments relating to a projected flute method and a history of the flute are transcribed and compared with the published sources completed by Taffanel's pupils, Louis Fleury and Philippe Gaubert. Taffanel's second career as chief conductor at the Paris Opera and Societe des concerts du Conservatoire in the 1890's is also outlined, and his published article on the art of conducting is considered. An Inventory of the private archive, along with much other supporting material, is given in a series of Appendices
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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