Composer of the Week: César Franck
The life and music of the Belgian composer
César Franck (1822-1890) composed from a young age, as well as displaying prodigious talent as a pianist. This didn’t prevent him from failing to enroll in Paris Conservatoire when the family moved there to further their son’s musical career. He was deemed too young and was also turned away because of his nationality.
After looking at Franck’s early life and career in the first programme, MacLeod goes on to explore his main works in detail and the impact of the Franco-Prussian war on his output in programmes throughout the week.