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The Cambridge Companion to Debussy

The Cambridge Companion to Debussy

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Simon Trezise, Robert Orledge, Barbara L. Kelly, Deirdre Donnellon, David Grayson, Roger Nichols, Nigel Simeone, Julie McQuinn, Caroline Potter, Boyd Pomeroy, Mark DeVoto, Richard S. Parks, Charles Timbrell, Arnold Whittall
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  • Date Published: July 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521654784

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  • Often considered the father of twentieth-century music, Debussy was a visionary whose influence is still felt. This Companion offers new insights into Debussy's character, his environment and his music, including challenging views of the roles of nature and eroticism in his life and music. While works in all genres are discussed, they are considered through the 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.

    • A comprehensive view of the composer and his work
    • Contains insights into the man and his musical techniques
    • An accessible book for students and music lovers
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    "...offers something for Debussy enthusiasts old and new. Beyond this, the wide range of cultural and analytical topics, and their relevance to twentieth-century music history generally, should attract the attention of a wide audience." NOTES

    "For those who have been enchanted and intrigued by Debussy's music, this book will only deepen their fascination with his work." Music Educators Journal, Doug Martin

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521654784
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 48 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    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
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  • Editor

    Simon Trezise, Trinity College, Dublin
    Simon Trezise is a Lecturer in Music at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of Debussy : La mer in the series Cambridge Music Handbooks and has written widely on French music and also on Schoenberg.


    Simon Trezise, Robert Orledge, Barbara L. Kelly, Deirdre Donnellon, David Grayson, Roger Nichols, Nigel Simeone, Julie McQuinn, Caroline Potter, Boyd Pomeroy, Mark DeVoto, Richard S. Parks, Charles Timbrell, Arnold Whittall

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