The Faun, 1893–95

Nancy Toff

in Monarch of the Flute

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195170160
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850372 | DOI:
The Faun, 1893–95

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This chapter examines the career development of Georges Barrère during the period from 1893 to 1895. In 1893, Barrère started freelance at the Folies-Bergère which was the most important music hall in Paris, France during this time. It was also the year when Claude Paul Taffanel was appointed fluting professor at the Paris Conservatoire. In his autobiography, Barrère gave Taffanel the credit for his success as a solo flutist. He later secured a freelance engagement in the orchestra of the Société Nationale de Musique (SNM) where he was able to perform the flute solo of Claude Debussy's Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune. In 1895, at the age of 18, Barrère was awarded the first prize by the flute jury at the Conservatoire.

Keywords: Georges Barrère; Folies-Bergère; Claude Paul Taffanel; Société Nationale de Musique; Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune; solo flutist; Claude Debussy

Chapter.  5548 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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