"Paris--A Musical Gazetteer" by Nigel Simeone

Paris--A Musical Gazetteer Nigel Simeone

Publication date:
10 Apr 2000
Yale University Press
320 pages: 210 x 140mm
121 b-w illus.
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This essential guidebook is designed for all travelers interested in exploring the historic musical sites of Paris—in person or from an armchair. Paris is a uniquely rich music capital, its streets echoing with centuries of great music that has been created and performed there. Virtually every neighborhood boasts a concert hall, church, museum, or home that has played a significant role in the extraordinary musical tradition of the city. This gazetteer will guide you to the important musical landmarks in Paris and explain why each is noteworthy.

Nearly all the celebrated French composers of the last four centuries have called Paris home, and dozens of other eminent composers—Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Verdi, and Wagner among them—have spent extended periods there as well. They, along with performers, teachers, instrument makers, and publishers, have bequeathed to the city a wealth of historic landmarks, ranging from the opulent grandeur of the Opéra to Erik Satie’s tiny room in Montmartre.

Featured in the gazetteer:
• biographical portraits of major composers, all their known Paris addresses and favorite meeting places, with the nearest Métro stops
• locations of monuments and graves of composers
• information on churches, theaters, concert venues, and important musical institutions
• listings of libraries, museums, and galleries holding materials related to music
• an index of locations, arranged by arrondissement and by street
• four recommended walking tours
• more than 120 contemporary and historical photographs

Nigel Simeone is lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Wales, Bangor.

?A delightful addition to the libraries of both serious Francophiles and more casual music lovers. . . . Paris: A Musical Gazetteer is constantly informative, sometimes amusing, often intriguing, and a pleasure to use. Musicians will want to purchase it for themselves and for their friends, and both the scholar and the amateur will be guided by its nuggets of information.??Lesley A. Wright, Notes

?An interesting and useful guide. . . . Simeone is a genuine scholar of both music and Paris and he has thoroughly researched both subjects.??Kirkus Reviews

?Simeone has written an informative and specialized reference on the musical history of Paris. The guide begins with a history of Paris, then continues with biographies of the many composers, performers, and others connected with the musical world who have passed through the city.??Library Journal

"Vienna has long been called the City of Music, but Nigel Simeone . . . makes a case for sharing the distinction with Paris. His book Paris-A Musical Gazetteer . . . suggests hundreds of sites associated with composers and performers who have lived in Paris in the last 400 years. . . . Landmarks include houses, monuments, graves, churches and concert halls, with directions. The armchair traveler may appreciate such arcane details as the fact that the Palais Garnier, which houses the Op‚ra, has 2,531 doors and 7,593 keys."?Frances Frank Marcus, New York Times

"Don?t go to Paris without it. It really is marvellous."?Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3, 15 June 2000

?This gazetteer is apparently the first of its kind, and a rich achievement.??David Charlton, Gramaphone

?A most useful guidebook.??American Record Guide

?Surprise that this should be the first comprehensive guide to the city?s places of musical interest goes with delight that Dr. Simeone has done such a thorough and accurate job. . . . Even apart from visits to Paris, for which Simeone?s book should from now on be a mandatory item, this is a volume you can dip into over and over and be sure to learn something interesting.??Roger Nichols, Times Literary Supplement