Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts: French Music Booklist
In the early years of the 20th Century, Paris was the cultural capitol of the world and la musique francaise was exemplified by composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Satie, and the group of composers known as Les Six. Here are a few books that chronicle that wonderful period of artistic explosion.

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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring by Hill, Peter
Notes: Stravinsky's famous ballet, composed for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, caused a riot when it premiered in Paris in 1913. It is still one of the most famous pieces of 20th Century classical music.
ISBN: 9780521622219
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Callnumber: 782.9509 St82h
French Cultural Politics & Music: From the Dreyfus Affair to the First World War by Fulcher, Jane F.
Notes: Examines the effect of the French political environment at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Centuries on composers such as Debussy, Satie, D'Indy, and others.
ISBN: 9780195120219
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1999
Callnumber: 780.944 F956f
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Paris: The Musical Kaleidescope 1870-1925 by Brody, Elaine
Notes: An overview of a 55-year period of major developments in music and the arts as Paris became the cultural center of the world.
ISBN: 080761176x
Publisher: George Braziller
Published: 1987
Callnumber: 780.9443 B785p
Making Jazz French: Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris by Jackson, Jeffrey H.
Notes: American jazz had an enormous influence in France, especially with the arrival of GIs at the end of WW!
ISBN: 9780822331247
Publisher: Duke University Press
Published: 2003
The Harlequin Years: Music in Paris 1917-1929 by Nichols, Roger
Notes: A well-known music historian recounts the incredibly rich and creative cultural life of Paris during the period following First World War.
ISBN: 9780520237360
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 2002
Callnumber: 780.9443 N518h
The Ox on the Roof: Scenes From Musical Life in Paris in the Twenties by Harding, James
Notes: "Les Six" (the group of Pariasian composers comprised of Auric, Durey, Honneger, Milhaud, Poulenc, and Tailleferre) began to become known through poet/playwright Jean Cocteau and his and Milhaud's famous 1919 ballet "Le Boeuf sur le toit".
ISBN: ocm00508218
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: 1972
Callnumber: 780.944 H219o