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Classical Classroom, Episode 215: Très Bien! Stéphane Denève Teaches the History of French Music

Turns out, there’s way more to it than Debussy!

Classical Classroom, Episode 215: Très Bien! Stéphane Denève Teaches the History of French Music

Stéphane Denève. Photo by Jay Fram.

Show Notes

Conductor and music director Stéphane Denève is a busy guy. He’s got at least four jobs on two different continents. But thanks (?) to the pandemic, we caught him sitting still for long enough to teach us the ENTIRE HISTORY of French classical music! He starts at the very beginning with chant, and goes all the way through to contemporary composers. Learn about the pivotal moments in French music history, hear its evolution in musical examples, and learn what defines it–all from one of its biggest fans. Oh! And hear him sing up and down the solfege scale so fast it will make you say, “oui!” (Seriously. It’s unreal.)

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