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Interpreting the flute works of Jean Francaix (1912-1997)

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Fraser, ABG (2011) Interpreting the flute works of Jean Francaix (1912-1997). PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

There is surprisingly little written about French composer Jean Françaix (1912-1997), considering his prolific output of around 200 works. In addition to his numerous compositions, Françaix was a talented orchestrator, conductor and pianist, touring extensively throughout his lifetime. Over a quarter of his music was written for wind instruments, and more than forty of these works are for flute, either as a prominent solo instrument or in a chamber music setting. Although Françaix’s flute works are technically demanding, they are pleasing to the ear, reflecting his desire to create ‘musique pour faire plaisir’. This research explores the translation of this aim through Françaix’s flute music documented in a series of recitals featuring his works and an accompanying exegesis. The written component contextualises the works performed, interrogating the composer’s objectives through research of the historical background and the technical and expressive mandate of these works. Twelve of Françaix’s flute works have been chosen for this study, evenly soloistic and chamber oriented, representing the style and various genres of his flute music. Ranging from his Suite pour Flûte Seule to the Quintette à Vent No. 1, these works display characteristics of Françaix’s compositional style, including his use of neoclassical techniques, modern harmonies and rhythms and his inherent French wit. As the majority of literature on Françaix consists of reviews and brief mentions in passing, there is little dealing with the interpretation of his music. Pedagogical aids and recordings form necessary documentation for the analysis of Françaix’s intended style. With informed knowledge of flautists, such as dedicatee Jean-Pierre Rampal, and various educational manuscripts of the time, new ideas are explored.Reference is made to performance perspectives and solving technical issues in order to answer the question of how to make this highly virtuosic music sound easy, and create music that pleases audience and performers alike. Through exploration of the context and aesthetic aims of his flute compositions, this original contribution restores to the flute repertory the quality compositions of Jean Françaix.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Jean Francaix, twentieth century, French flute, intrepretation, music
Additional Information: Copyright 2011 the Author
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2011 00:17
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:26
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/12441
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