April 18

Composers on the Covers of Musica 
RIPM’s “Illustrations of the Week”

The French journal Musica (1902-1914) was published in Paris by the influential journalist and publisher Pierre Lafitte. Perhaps better known for his illustrated sports magazine La Vie au grand air (1898-1914; 1916-22), Lafitte’s affinity for illustrations is also evident in Musica, which regularly incorporated images of well-known composers and performers with accompanying articles. The journal’s editor, Xavier Leroux, was a composer and longtime teacher of harmony at the Paris Conservatoire.

Today, we present just a sampling of the many attractive illustrated covers of Musica.

Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn
Vol. 8 No. 84 (September 1909); Vol. 13 No. 143 (August 1914).

Richard Strauss and Gabriel Fauré
Vol. 9 No. 97 (October 1910); Vol. 4 No. 34 (July 1905).

Bedřich Smetana and Edvard Grieg
Vol. 12 No. 127 (April 1913); Vol. 6 No. 62 (November 1907).

Jules Massenet and Charles Gounod
Vol. 5 No 50 (November 1906); Vol. 5 No. 46 (July 1906).

Richard Wagner and a singer wearing the iconic helmet of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen
Vol. 2 No. 13 (October 1903); Vol. 3 No. 23 (August 1904).


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Posted April 18, 2018 by Ben Knysak in category "Illustration(s) of the Week