The Complete Songs for Voice and Piano of Albert Roussel
Stevens, James William
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Although he was highly thought of during his lifetime, Albert Roussel (1869-1937) now falls into the category of the neglected. Some measure of fame is assured by his ballet Bacchus et Ariane, but aside from this masterpiece few of his compositions are regularly performed, especially outside France, The purpose of this project is to introduce Roussel's 39 songs, many of which, in my opinion, rank alongside the greatest masterpieces of 20th century French song. The project is comprised of two parts: a tape recording of myself singing all of the composer's songs for voice and piano, and an accompanying document which contains information on Roussel's life and composing style, the text and my translation of each song, and other information pertinent to the songs.