This book contains the majority of Georges Auric's writings on music that appeared in published newspapers, literary journals and reviews. The writings are prefaced by an extensive introductory essay that provides the most detailed biographical information yet available on Auric, discusses Auric's relation to the sources in which his writings appeared, and places Auric in the continuum of French composer/critics of the twentieth century. Auric is revealed as an intellectual figure of importance and as a man who made enormous contributions both literary and musical to the French patrimony. This study, which includes over five hundred articles contained in more than forty-five different sources, shows Auric to have been an active writer of music criticism from 1913, when he was only fourteen, to the 1950s, when his career took a sharp turn toward arts administration, and demands on his writing music for films increased dramatically. The erudition exhibited in these writings shows Auric to have been extremely well versed in literature, music and the politics of music, and the arts in general.
It is hoped that this extensive collection of his writings will help restore Auric to the important position in French musical circles that he earned.