The history of the Conservatoire Americain, the French musical institution responsible for training generations of American musicians, is captured for the first time in this full-length narrative, which draws on rare materials from the Conservatoire's archives, combining them with personal correspondence, interviews, and first-person narratives with students and faculty. The Conservatoire Americain discusses various topics important to the institution, such as the dissemination of French repertoire during the twentieth century, the pedagogical approaches used in teaching American music students, the impact of training Americans abroad, and the influence their French training had on performance, interpretation, and composition.
Kendra Preston Leonard is an independent scholar. She received the 2004 National Coalition of Independent Scholars' Yosef Wosk Award for Independent Scholarship for her work on the Conservatoire Americain.
Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction Part 3 A Note on Bibliographic Abbreviations Part 4 Prologue Francis Casadesus's Manifesto and the Founding of the Conservatoire Americain (1918-1920) Part 5 Part I: The Institution without Precedent Chapter 6 Chapter 1 The Institution without Precedent (1921-1928) Chapter 7 Chapter 2 The Age of Opulence (1929-1939) Chapter 8 Chapter 3 Interlude 1: Elizabeth Saylor (1939) Part 9 Part II: Exile and War Chapter 10 Chapter 4 At Home in Exile (1940-1945) Chapter 11 Chapter 5 Reconstruction (1946-1948) Chapter 12 Chapter 6 Interlude 2: Gaby Casadesus (1946) Part 13 Part III: "La Belle Dame sans Merci" Chapter 14 Chapter 7 A New Era (1949-1957) Chapter 15 Chapter 8 La Belle Dame sans Merci (1958-1979) Chapter 16 Chapter 9 Interlude 3: Emile Naoumoff (1970s) Part 17 Part IV: "Apres Elle le Deluge" Chapter 18 Chapter 10 "Apres Elle le Deluge" (1980-1987) Chapter 19 Chapter 11 The Schism Opens (1988-1993) Part 20 Part V: The Frog Radio Chapter 21 Chapter 12 The Frog Radio (1994-present) Part 22 Epilogue Nutrisco et Extinguo Part 23 A Note on the Appendixes Part 24 Appendix A A Timeline of the Conservatoire Americain Part 25 Appendix B Curriculum Offered at the Conservatoire Americain Part 26 Appendix C Directors of the Conservatoire Americain Part 27 Appendix D Selected Professors of the Conservatoire Americain Part 28 Appendix E Selected Guest Artists at the Conservatoire Americain Part 29 Appendix F Selected Notable Students of the Conservatoire Americain Part 30 Appendix G Dimplomas and Awards of the Conservatoire Americain Part 31 Bibliography Part 32 Index Part 33 About the Author