Allegro Appassionato

Alongside Darius Milhaud’s Ma Vie heureuse (1973) and Georges Auric’s Quand j’étais là (1979), Allegro Appassionato belongs to the genre of composers’ autobiographies written during their twilight years. And yet, Wiéner’s book, characterized by a tone at once serious and debonair, is nothing like a swansong. Pierre Belfond, his publisher and commissioner, hoped the work would help the public get to better know a composer whose work was often reduced to the incidental music to Touchez pas au grisbi.

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genreAutobiography (Memoirs)
place of publicationParis
years of publication1978