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The music of Maurice Ohana

Rae, Caroline ORCID: 2000. The music of Maurice Ohana. Aldershot: Ashgate.

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Maurice Ohana (1913-1992) is recognised in France as one of the leading composers of his generation. This study explores and assesses his music, placing him in his rightful position within the French mainstream. Ohana was described by his friend André Gide as ‘a French Joseph Conrad’, the appellation summing up Ohana’s complex cultural origins: a British citizen born in North Africa of Spanish-Gibraltarian parentage, educated, trained and resident in France. In this rich cultural background lies the key to understanding Ohana’s music. It is, therefore, ironic that this heritage excluded him from the national programming favoured by many British and American concert promoters, and has thereby been one of the primary reasons for the neglect of his music. This is the first detailed study of Ohana’s life and music, and the first to identify the procedures which characterise his mature style. Part One provides a biographical overview of the composer and sets his work in its musical and cultural context, in particular examining the images, symbols and allegorical themes that play an important role in his music. The chapters in Part Two identify and define the main features of Ohana’s musical language and style. The study concludes with an assessment of the reception of Ohana’s music.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Uncontrolled Keywords: Twentieth-century French music; Ohana
Publisher: Ashgate
ISBN: 0754602885
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:46

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