Debussy

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An acclaimed biographical study of Claude Debussy, published on the centenary of his death. 'This is a book that sends you back to the music itself to listen afresh and marvel at its greatness. Do read it.' Gramophone ‘Walsh is one of our most insightful writers on music, and his judgment always illuminates what it touches.’ Philip Hensher, Spectator
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ISBN 9780571330164 Format Hardback
9780571330164
Paperback
Published 01/03/2018 Length 368 pages
368

About Book

Claude Debussy was that rare creature, a composer who reinvented the language of music without alienating the majority of music lovers. He is the modernist everyone loves. How did he manage this? Was it through the association of his music with visual images, or was it simply that, by throwing out the rule book of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied, his music put beauty of sound above the spiritual ambitions of the German tradition from which those rules derived.
Stephen Walsh’s thought-provoking biography, told partly through the events of Debussy’s life, and partly through a critical discussion of his music, addresses these and other questions about one of the most influential composers of the early twentieth century.

Claude Debussy was that rare creature, a composer who reinvented the language of music without alienating the majority of music lovers. He is the modernist everyone loves. How did he manage this? Was it through the association of his music with visual images, or was it simply that, by throwing out the rule book of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied, his music put beauty of sound above the spiritual ambitions of the German tradition from which those rules derived. Stephen Walsh’s thought-provoking biography, told partly through the events of Debussy’s life, and partly through a critical discussion of his music, addresses these and other questions about one of the most influential composers of the early twentieth century.
  • About Stephen Walsh

    Stephen Walsh is a Professor of Music at Cardiff University, and the author of several books on music. The first volume of his major biography of Stravinsky - Stravinsky: A Creative Spring - won the Royal Philharmonic Society prize in 2000. Volume Two - Stravinsky: The Second Exile - was chosen by the Washington Post as one of the ten best books of 2006. He was deputy music critic of The Observer from 1966 to 1985. He now reviews for theartsdesk.com website and broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3.

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