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Today is Magnard's birthday. His was a less lyrical and more exciting musical style, often compared to Anton Bruckner. His 4th Symphony offered here was written the year before his death, at the height of his compositional career. The son of privilege (his father was the editor of the newspaper Le Figaro), he was determined to make it on his own. He was largely successful at that.
But it was his end that made him a national hero. That same determination to succeed by his own efforts showed a stubbornness that the German soldiers were to feel. That spirit of defiance endeared him to his fellow countrymen. Looking back, it shows how different the world was back then, when prominent intellectuals were men of action.