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date: 03 February 2023


The Oxford Companion to Music
Denis ArnoldDenis Arnold, Richard Langham SmithRichard Langham Smith

Throughout the ages France has had music which seems to reflect a national character. This comes in part from its early foundation as a political entity and its comparatively early centralization on a single city, Paris. There has been also a persistent delight in orderliness, which has given French music and architecture a classical balance at times when wild abandon has been rampant throughout the rest of Europe. The French have never been good internationalists, and when they have taken in foreign composers, whether ... ...

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