Cook’s Tours

Thursday 22 August @ 6.15PM FREE

César Franck – A French Wagnerian?

After the humiliation of the Franco-Prussian war and the collapse of the Second Empire French painters, writer and musicians were determined to pursue ‘French’ values in their work. But for some composers the spell of the most admired German composer of the second half of the nineteenth was irresistible. César Franck and his favourite pupils such as Chausson and Duparc were torn between the music of Richard Wagner and a desire to be French. Is this the conflict that fuels Franck’s finest compositions?