The Cambridge Companion to Debussy

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Simon Trezise
Cambridge University Press, Jun 19, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 326 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
Debussy the man
9
Debussys Parisian affiliations
25
Debussy as musician and critic
43
Debussy on stage
61
The prosaic Debussy
84
Debussy and expression
101
Exploring the erotic in Debussys music
117
The Debussy sound colour texture gesture
179
Musics inner dance form pacing and complexity in Debussys music
197
Debussysrhythmicised time
232
Debussy in performance
259
Debussy now
278
Notes
288
Select bibliography
315
Index
318

Debussy and nature
137
Debussys tonality a formal perspective
155

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About the author (2003)

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.

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