Debussy

ISBN
9780571330171
Published
04/04/2019
9780571330171
Format
Paperback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
368

About the Book

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY AWARD FOR STORYTELLING

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.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY AWARD FOR STORYTELLINGClaude 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.
  • 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.

“Stephen Walsh brings us a composer for whom music was “a matter of colours and rhythmicised time”. To show what this actually means, Walsh offers a series of close readings of Debussy’s best known pieces, including Nuages and La Mer. And if you’re the sort of reader who expects an artist’s life to come leavened with some really great parties and some very bad hangovers, there’s plenty of that too.”
- Kathryn Hughes, Guardian, Books of the Year
“Walsh. . . combines delicacy of perception, refinement of expression and quiet persistence, in a way not so far from the great composer himself.”
- Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph

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