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Correspondances inédites de Gustave Doret avec Théodore Dubois, Gustave Charpentier, Henry Février, Florent Schmitt et Jacques Ibert

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  • Schweizer Jahrbuch für Musikwissenschaft - Annales Suisses de Musicologie - Annuario Svizzero di Musicologia. - 2017, vol. 37, p. 113-148
English Gustave Doret is the best-known French-speaking Swiss composer. He is nowadays usually associated with the Fêtes des vignerons and regional music. The publication of his correspondence with five French composers (Théodore Dubois, Gustave Charpentier, Henry Février, Florent Schmitt, Jacques Ibert) shows that he was much more than a local musician. This correspondence covers his entire working life from his arrival in Paris at the end of 1887 to his death in Lausanne in 1943. It reveals Doret’s place in Parisian musical life and his relations and friendships with French composers. This correspondence also provides the researcher with information about Dubois, Charpentier, Février, Schmitt, Ibert and musical life in Paris (especially the Concerts d’Harcourt) and in French-speaking Switzerland. By showing a different aspect of Doret’s life and production and underlining the connections between France and French-speaking Switzerland regarding musical life, this article draws attention to the difficulties emanating from a national perspective of musical history.
Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
Département de musicologie
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