Books by Demar Irvine

Released: Jan. 1, 1994

All critical cavil (a surfeit of detail, less than elegant writing, etc.) is swept away by the fact that this book addresses a pressing and long-standing need: a full, well-researched, carefully structured biography—in English—of one of the most underrated, unfairly patronized composers of the past 150 years. While there are many good studies of Puccini in English, Massenet- -arguably his superior—has received nothing approaching his due. Author Irvine (School of Music/Univ. of Washington) rectifies this situation with an opera-by-opera discussion interspersed among the facts of Massenet's life; he also illuminates the French social and artistic world at the end of the last century of which Massenet was an important (and popular) adornment. (Sixty-four b&w photos—not seen) Read full book review >