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The Life of Debussy / Edition 1

The Life of Debussy / Edition 1

by Roger Nichols


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The early music of Claude Debussy was influenced by the work of Wagner, for whom he had great admiration. However, soon Debussy's music became more experimental and individualistic, as is clear in his first mature work Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Debussy quickly moved away from traditional techniques and produced the pictures in sound that led his work to be described as "musical Impressionism." This new biography—the first in English in 30 years—offers new insights into the life of this enigmatic composer, revealing a figure more seminal and revolutionary than previously thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521578875
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/28/1998
Series: Musical Lives
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

1. Childhood and musical studies (1862-1884); 2. Roman holiday? (1885-1887); 3. A Bohemian in Paris (1887-1893); 4. Scandals and masterpieces (1894-1901); 5. Idol and victim (1902-1907); 6. Travels and travails (1908-1914); 7. War and last years (1914-1918); Envoi.

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