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Title:
The Cambridge companion to Debussy
Author:
Trezise, Simon.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xix, 326 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Debussy the man / Robert Orledge -- Debussy's Parisian affiliations / Barbara L. Kelly -- Debussy as musician and critic / Déirdre Donnellon -- Debussy on stage / David Grayson -- The prosaic Debussy / Roger Nichols -- Debussy and expression / Nigel Simeone -- Exploring the erotic in Debussy's music / Julie McQuinn -- Debussy and nature / Caroline Potter -- Debussy's tonality : a formal perspective / Boyd Pomeroy -- The Debussy sound : colour, texture, gesture / Mark DeVoto -- Music's inner dance : form, pacing and complexity in Debussy's music / Richard S. Parks -- Debussy's 'rhythmicised time' / Simon Trezise -- Debussy in performance / Charles Timbrell -- Debussy now / Arnold Whittall.
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ISBN:
9780521652438

9780521654784
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Summary

Summary

Often considered the father of twentieth-century music, Debussy was a visionary whose influence is still felt. This book offers a wide-ranging series of essays on Debussy the man, the musician and composer. It contains insights into his character, his relationship to his Parisian environment and his musical works across all genres, with challenging views on the roles of nature and eroticism in his life and music. His music is considered through the characteristic themes of sonority, rhythm, tonality and form, with closing chapters considering the performance and reception of his music in the first years of the new century and our view of Debussy today as a major force in Western culture. This comprehensive view of Debussy is written by a team of specialists for students and informed music lovers.


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This text is an excellent introduction to the "world" of Debussy. The articles included deal with several aspects of Debussy scholarship. The usual biographical information is presented succinctly, followed by interesting interpretations of the composer's psyche and music. Julie McQuinn's "Exploring the Erotic in Debussy's Music" is particularly evocative. Debussy as critic and writer is also addressed to provide a more rounded appreciation of his many talents. General analyses of Debussy's compositional approach are thorough, though readers looking for detailed reviews of specific works will have to look elsewhere. Richard Parks's article is the most complete in this regard, providing interesting diagrams and analyses of a few pieces--e.g., Syrinx, Premiere Rapsodie, and Sirenes. The final section of the book provides contemporary perspectives on Debussy scholarship and criticism and on Debussy himself. A useful chronology of Debussy's works is presented at the opening of the text. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Best for graduate study; enlightening also for upper-division undergraduates with a keen interest in Debussy. A. C. Shahriari Kent State University


Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Chronology of Debussy's life and works
Note on the text
Introduction Simon Trezise
Part I Man, Musician and Culture
1 Debussy the man Robert Orledge
2 Debussy's Parisian affiliations Barbara L. Kelly
3 Debussy as musician and critic Deirdre Donnellon
Part II Musical Explorations
4 Debussy on stage David Grayson
5 The prosaic Debussy Roger Nichols
6 Debussy and expression Nigel Simeone
7 Exploring the erotic in Debussy's music Julie McQuinn
8 Debussy and nature Caroline Potter
Part III Musical Techniques
9 Debussy's tonality: a formal perspective Boyd Pomeroy
10 The Debussy sound: colour, texture, gesture Mark DeVoto
11 Music's inner dance: form, pacing and complexity in Debussy's music Richard S. Parks
12 Debussy's 'rhythmicised time' Simon Trezise
Part IV Performance and Assessment
13 Debussy in performance Charles Timbrell
14 Debussy now Arnold Whittall
Notes
Select bibliography
Index