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Debussy and the Veil of Tonality by Mark DeVoto Book Summary:
This new book on Debussy's music comprises analytical studies of individual works not widely examined previously, including the Fantaisie for piano and orchestra, La demoiselle élue, Nuages, and Gigues. A discussion of the tonal structure of the first movement of La mer finds new relevance in the overused term symphonic in relation to Debussy's position in the history of French orchestral music. An extensive essay documents Debussy's aural images in his propensity for recycling his own musical ideas and quoting the music of other composers. A final lighthearted chapter, Debussy and Ravel: How to Tell Them Apart, systematically addresses this century-old critics' conundrum.
Debussy by Claude Debussy Book Summary:
This collection of Debussy's popular intermediate pieces includes "Clair de lune," "Reverie," "Le petit n�gre," the complete "Children's Corner Suite" and other works. The introductory pages discuss symbolist poetry, French Impressionist painters and Debussy's musical style. A variety of photographs taken throughout the composer's life are also included. The Alfred Masterwork Library CD Editions conveniently combine each exceptional volume with a professionally recorded CD that is sure to inspire artistic performances. 64 pages. Pianist Scott Price is the chair of the Piano Department at the University of South Carolina and holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Oklahoma. He has given master classes and recitals throughout the United States and Southeast Asia. His recordings are featured in Alfred's Premier Piano Course.
Debussy by Simon Trezise Book Summary:
La mer stands at the centre of Debussy's achievement: described by the composer as 'a seascape without figures', it is arguably the greatest and most original French symphony. In this study La mer is considered in the context of Debussy's personal and musical development, and in the French musical renaissance in general, looking back to Cèsar Franck and forward to the orchestral Images and Jeux. The author uses new biographical information and a wide range of sources to reveal the period of La mer's composition as one of intense emotional turbulence. Detailed discussion of performance styles draws on current recordings, and two analytical chapters trace the growth of ideas through the work. Studies of rhythm, motif and tonality show how Debussy generates 'narratives' across the three movements, which give La mer a structural integrity unparalleled in French music at the turn of the century.
Debussy in Proportion by Roy Howat Book Summary:
An analysis that accounts precisely for the nature of Debussy's musical forms and how forms of different works are related. Geometric systems found here throw new light on Debussy's intense interest in the other arts and provide links with artists he admired in other fields.
Claude Debussy: Pelléas Et Mélisande by Roger Nichols,Richard Langham Smith Book Summary:
This first comprehensive guide to Debussy's only completed opera, Pelléas et Mélisande was written by the leading authorities on French music of the period. As a background to the opera, the authors, together with David Grayson, discuss various aspects of the play. They consider its literary roots, trace its genesis and composition, and illuminate Debussy's compositional strategies. A detailed synopsis of Debussy's musical response to the text forms a central chapter. This is followed by an examination of the symbols and musical motives employed by Debussy as well as an analysis of his themes. The book concludes with a detailed bibliography and a discography.
On the Interpretation of the Mélodies of Claude Debussy by Jane Bathori Book Summary:
Jane Bathori was a catalyst for as well as interpreter of the works of many French composers. In 1904, she met Claude Debussy, played some of his piano pieces for him and sang several of his songs. Their discussions were the basis for her 1953 book, On the Interpretation of the Melodies of Claude Debussy which she resolved to write "after having heard Debussy's intentions betrayed so many times, and also to encourage singers ... to study some of the songs which are not known and are never sung, the excuse being that they are so difficult to interpret" (from Bathori's opening).
Debussy -- Selected Favorites by Claude Debussy,Lynn Freeman Olson Book Summary:
This concise edition includes 12 pieces selected by editor Lynn Freeman Olson, based on their frequent use with pre-college students. To impart Debussy's compositional intentions to the performer, the editor has kept editorial suggestions to a minimum. However, a glossary of selected French terms provides insight into the vivid nature of these expressive pieces.
The Great Piano Works of Claude Debussy by Claude Debussy Book Summary:
This volume in our new series features 29 compositions by Claude Debussy, including such famous pieces as 'Clair de Lune,' 'Reverie,' 'The Girl with the Flaxen Hair,' 'Golliwogg's Cake Walk,' and others. It includes pieces from the French master's wealth of piano compositions, including the 'Arabesques,' Petite Suite, Children's Corner Suite, both books of 'Preludes,' and individual pieces. A wide variety of music from the French impressionistic genius! This publication contains 29 titles.
Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartok by Elliot Antokoletz Book Summary:
Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bart?k explores the means by which two early 20th century operas - Debussy's Pell?as et M?lisande (1902) and Bart?k's Duke Bluebeard's Castle (1911) - transformed the harmonic structures of the traditional major/minor scale system into a new musical language. It also looks at how this language reflects the psychodramatic symbolism of the Franco-Belgian poet, Maurice Maeterlinck, and his Hungarian disciple, B?la Bal?zs. These two operas represent the first significant attempts to establish more profound correspondences between the symbolist dramatic conception and the new musical language. Duke Bluebeard's Castle is based almost exclusively on interactions between pentatonic/diatonic folk modalities and their more abstract symmetrical transformations (including whole-tone, octatonic, and other pitch constructions derived from the system of the interval cycles). The opposition of these two harmonic extremes serve as the basis for dramatic polarity between the characters as real-life beings and as instruments of fate. The book also explores the new musico-dramatic relations within their larger historical, social psychological, philosophical, and aesthetic contexts.
Berlioz and Debussy by Barbara L. Kelly,Kerry Murphy Book Summary:
This collection of essays by scholars of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French music has been assembled in homage to the influential and inspirational French musicologist François Lesure who died in 2001. Lesure's immense erudition was legendary and spanned music from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Two French composers who were particular foci in his scholarship were Berlioz and Debussy and this collection is based on scholarship around these two composers and the sources, contexts and legacies relating to their work.
Première rhapsodie for clarinet and piano by Claude Debussy Book Summary:
(Music Sales America). For clarinet and piano. In February 1909, Debussy was elected a member of the Conseil Superieur of the Paris Conservatoire and, in this capacity, was called on to serve on the jury at internal competitions. He was invited to write two test pieces for the 1910 clarinet contest; one for the interpretation class, the other for the sight reading test. The Premiere Rhapsodie was composed during December 1909 and January 1910, concurrently with work on the first book of Preludes for piano.
Debussy by Eric Frederick Jensen Book Summary:
Nearly one hundred years after the death of its composer, the music of Claude Debussy has lost none of its breadth of appeal. With the rare ability to entice listeners on many levels, at its heart lies an engaging simplicity-one which defies traditional analysis and lends mystery to what ultimately is an extremely refined and highly personal approach to composition. Equally fascinating is Debussy's often contradictory personality--at times elusive, but always centered on his devotion to music and his ambition to create a name for himself unlike any other. Author Eric Frederick Jensen provides new insight to the man and the music in this authoritative biography. Although born into poverty, and a failure as a piano student at the Paris Conservatoire, Debussy became the most famous French composer of his day, known for his culture and refinement. His revolutionary music baffled critics but was embraced by audiences. Debussy's scandalous personal life stirred up as much controversy as his music, and his notoriety proved more harmful to his career than the unusual nature of his compositions.Jensen also explores Debussy's relationship to the arts and his career as a music critic. Debussy drew on all of the arts in his development as a composer, including poetry and painting, and his fascination with the arts has often led to his being classified as an Impressionist or Symbolist, two claims which Jensen debunks. One of the finest music critics of his time, Debussy's reviews reveal a great deal not only about his musical taste, but also about what he felt the role and function of music should be. Debussy brings together the most recent biographical research, including a revised catalogue of Debussy's compositions and the first complete edition of his correspondence. With separate, chronological sections on his life and music, Debussy is accessible to the general reader who wishes to focus on his life and personality, while providing detailed discussion of the music to musicians and students.Readership: General readers and scholars of classical music, fin de siècle French music, Debussy, Impressionism; upper level undergraduate and graduate courses.
Debussy Redux by Matthew Brown Book Summary:
"In a study that is both scholarly and highly entertaining, Matthew Brown explores pop culture's appropriations of Debussy's music in everything from '30s swing tunes, '40s movie scores, '50s lounge/exotica, '70s rock and animation, '80s action films, and Muzak. The book, however, is far more than a compendium of fascinating borrowings. The author uses these musical transfers to tackle some of the most fundamental aesthetic issues relevant to the music of all composers, not just Debussy." David Grayson -- Book jacket.
Debussy's Pelléas Et Mélisande by Burton D. Fisher Book Summary:
A comprehensive guide featuring Principal Characters in the opera, Brief Story Synopsis, Story Narrative with Music Highlight Examples, a complete newly translated Libretto with foreign language and english side-by-side, an in depth Commentary and Analysis, selected Discogaphy and Videography, and a Dictionary of Opera and Musical Terms.
The Piano Works of Claude Debussy by E. Robert Schmitz Book Summary:
Part biography, part criticism, and part analysis, this fascinating study of one of music's greatest geniuses is above all an authoritative commentary on the entire corpus of Debussy's work for solo piano. Includes 21 illustrations.
Montale, Debussy, and Modernism by Gian-Paolo Biasin Book Summary:
Integrating the study of both music and art into an exploration of the early poetry of Eugenio Montale (1896-1982), this book situates Italy's premier poet of the twentieth century within the Modernist movement. Gian-Paolo Biasin finds in Montale's poetry broad resonances, reverberations, and comparisons that involve it in the European culture of its time and that invite the reading of poetry, music, and painting as texts in a cultural system. This interdisciplinary approach expands our appreciation of Montale's work in a way not possible with literary analysis alone. Biasin's study first shows the structural homology between some of Debussy's preludes for piano and certain poems in Montale's Ossi di seppia, emphasizing the rhythmic qualities of the compositions. This formal analysis leads to an understanding of the respective texts' thematic, symbolic, and cultural meaning--specifically, antiheroism as a choice of life. Similar methodology is then used to reveal the relationship between the poetry of Montale and Giorgio Morandi's etchings and between Montale's poetic persona, Arsenio, and the novelistic characters of Svevo and Pirandello. Each of these comparisons brings to light a shared image, that of the clown (or antihero) as a mocking self-portrait of the modern artist. Originally published in 1989. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
String Quartets by Debussy and Ravel by Claude Debussy,Maurice Ravel Book Summary:
Superb one-volume edition of two influential compositions noted for individuality, unique interpretations, delicate and subtle beauty. This clearly printed volume is sturdily bound for long life on the music stand.
Debussy and the Fragment by Linda Cummins Book Summary:
Rather than solid frames, some less than perfect aesthetic objects have permeable membranes which allow them to diffuse effortlessly into the everyday world. In the parallel universes of music and literature, Linda Cummins extols the poetry of such imperfection. She places Debussy's work within a tradition thriving on anti-Aristotelian principles: motley collections, crumbling ruins real or fake, monstrous hybrids, patchwork and palimpsest, hasty sketches, ellipses, truncated beginnings and endings, meandering arabesques, irrelevant digressions, auto-quotations. Sensitive to the intermittences of memory and experience and with a keen ear for ironic intrusion, Cummins draws the reader into the Western cultural past in search of the surprisingly ubiquitous aesthetic of the unfinished, negatively silhouetted against expectations of rational coherence. Theories popularized by Schlegel and embraced by the French Symbolists are only the first waypoint on an elaborately illustrated tour reaching back to Petrarch. Cummins meticulously applies the derived results to Debussy's scores and finds convincing correlations in this chiasmatic crossover.
Works for piano four hands and two pianos by Claude Debussy Book Summary:
Suites composed specifically for piano four hands include Petite Suite and Six Épigraphes Antiques, plus composer's transcriptions of Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (two pianos) and Printemps (piano four hands). Authoritative editions.
Interpretation of Debussy's "Pelléas Et Mélisande" and the Story Behind it by Myunghwa Jang,Kim Bo Kyung Book Summary:
Scholarly Research Paper from the year 2012 in the subject Musicology, grade: -, The University of Malaya, language: English, abstract: In the world of music, Claude Debussy became the foremost composer of the new musical impressionism. His aim was to express "the inexpressible," in a manner that would ultimately reinvent music drama as "drama in music." Through his only completed opera, Pelleas et Melisande, Debussy created a new technique designed to "convey the etat d'ame of the characters and the maze of unconscious conflicts between them." Debussy chose to set the poetry of Materlinck's drama, Pelleas et Melisande, possibly because of the importance of nature within the drama, a quality that appealed to both artists' impressionist in expressing the changing aspects of nature, especially of light. Debussy began composition on the work in August 1893, starting with the climactic love scene in the fourth act. Throughout the process of composition, Debussy worked to create a new original technique away from the prevailing contemporary German and Italian style, although he found it difficult to fight the influence of Wagner. The general subdued character of Debussy's score is evident due to its subtlety, restraint, and understatement, resulting from his radically revised approach to text-setting and employment of the orchestra. The use of aria and recitative in their conventional forms is abandoned. Debussy's vocal line carries the text in long, soft declamation that sets one syllable to one note."
R Verie by Claude Debussy for Solo Piano (1890) Cd76 (L.68) by Claude Debussy Book Summary:
Claude-Achille Debussy (1862 – 1918) was a seminal French composer. He is considered to be one of the most important pioneers of Impressionist music and was among the most popular composers during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Debussy's work is famous for its sensory style and use of unconventional tonalities. Featuring large, clear note heads and wide margins, this edition is perfect for studying and following the music. Classic Music Collection constitutes an extensive library of the most well-known and universally-enjoyed works of classical music ever composed, reproduced from authoritative editions for the enjoyment of musicians and music students the world over.
Debussy by Stephen Walsh Book Summary:
A beautifully written and original biography of one of the greatest and most popular of modern composers--which also deeply investigates his much-loved music. Claude Debussy (1862-1918) was that rare creature, a composer who reinvented the language of music without alienating the majority of music lovers. The creator of such classics as La Mer and Clair de Lune, of Pell�as et M�lisande and his magnificent, delicate piano works, he is the modernist everybody loves, the man who drove French music into entirely new regions of beauty and excitement at a time when old traditions--and the overbearing influence of Wagner--threatened to stifle it. As a central figure at the birth of modernism, Debussy's influence on French culture was profound. Yet at the same time his own life was complicated and often troubled by struggles over money, women, and ill-health. Walsh's engagingly original approach is to enrich a lively account of this life with brilliant analyses of Debussy's music: from his first daring breaks with the rules as a Conservatoire student to his mature achievements as the greatest French composer of his time. The Washington Post called Stephen Walsh's Stravinsky "one of the best books ever written about a composer." Debussy is a worthy successor.
Preludes, Book 1 by Claude Debussy,Maurice Hinson Book Summary:
This significant compilation of 12 Preludes represents Debussy's mature writing style and is filled with a great diversity of compositional styles. The music expresses a vast repertoire of emotions, colors and moods. Helpful English translations of French terms as well as Debussy's performance suggestions are included as well as Dr. Hinson's suggestions for performance and an analysis of each prelude.
Children's corner by Claude Debussy,Scott Price (pianist.) Book Summary:
Composed between 1906 and 1908, the Children's Corner Suite was written to capture the essence of childhood with charm, grace and humor. Debussy's intention was to create moods and sensations and, utilizing his typical harmonic richness, he succeeds in an appealing and joyous fashion. This edition is based on not only the original autograph manuscripts but also on Debussy's sound recording of these pieces. This exceptional volume is conveniently combined with a professionally recorded CD by Scott Price, which is sure to inspire artistic performances. Price is the chair of the Piano Department at the University of South Carolina and holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Oklahoma. He has given master classes and recitals throughout the United States and Southeast Asia.
Debussy: A Study in Modern Music by William H. Daly Book Summary:
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The Piano by Jeremy Siepmann Book Summary:
(Book). For more than 200 years, the piano has been an inspirational force in the world of music. The Piano shows how this characterful instrument has won its place at the center of the affections of music lovers everywhere. This is the first popular book to cover every aspect of the instrument's dynamic history, including: origins, technical developments, novelties and experiments; piano music throughout the centuries; profiles of the instruments' musical giants and analyses of their greatest works; and much more. With over 200 photographs and full color throughout, The Piano is a handsome tribute to a great musical personality. 192 pages, 9 1/2 x 11 1/4