Maurice Emmanuel (1862-1938)

Maurice Emmanuel (1862–1938), composer and music history professor at the Paris Conservatoire from 1909 to 1936, was the author of a substantial body of writings, of which a complete inventory is yet to be made. His corpus—comprising theoretical treatises, biographies, articles, letters, prefaces, interviews, courses, lectures, reports, and travelogues—is so diverse as to transcend the limits of music and musicology: Emmanuel was a “polymath” in the image of Camille Saint-Saëns or Ernest Renan. Over his long intellectual and artistic career, which began in the early 1880s and continued until his death, he wrote texts on art history and on heritage, on regionalism and on organology, on Greek dance and folk musics, on the history and theory of “musical language”, on pedagogy and on the social/professional status of musicians, and on oceanography and cartography. This corpus reflects a generalized conception of musicology, prior to the specialization of knowledge and of practice; but it also testifies to Emmanuel’s curiosity and scientific appetite, which might be compared to those of his friend Charles Koechlin.

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lastnameEmmanuel
birth year1862
death year1938
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