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Church, State, and Schola

Glenn Watkins

in Proof through the Night

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520231580
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927896 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231580.003.0010
Church, State, and Schola

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St. Christopher, bearer of Christ, who had borne the symbolic weight of Romain Rolland's Jean-Christophe, surfaced once again in Edith Wharton's Book of the Homeless with a single-page excerpt from Vincent d'Indy's recently completed La légende de Saint-Christophe for chorus and orchestra. D'Indy was one of the most prominent pedagogical and philosophical forces in musical France and the only composer besides Igor Stravinsky to be represented in Wharton's collection. D'Indy's Saint-Christophe gave concrete evidence of the ongoing interaction between the forces of French national politics and the world of music. This chapter also examines D'Indy's genuine love of Ludwig van Beethoven, who had been a pillar of d'Indy's instruction at the Schola, and his attack on Protestantism.

Keywords: Schola; Romain Rolland; Jean-Christophe; Edith Wharton; Vincent d'Indy; France; politics; music; Ludwig van Beethoven; Protestantism

Chapter.  5082 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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