The Apotheosis of Ernest Chausson
This chapter focuses on Ernest Chausson's opera, Le Roi Arthus. Nineteenth-century musical works invite biographical readings to varying degrees, depending on professional and critical context, and/or whatever traces of compositional intent are discernible. It is argued that the tone of Le Roi Arthus has triggered such connections partly because of its première on 30 November 1903 in Brussels, four years after Chausson's premature death in a freak bicycle accident at age 44.
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