Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy Claude Debussy was a great harmonic innovator and one of the most original musical voices of the th century He created fresh tonal perspectives without abandoning tonality itself This book

  • Title: Claude Debussy
  • Author: Paul Roberts
  • ISBN: 9780714835129
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Claude Debussy 1862 1918 was a great harmonic innovator and one of the most original musical voices of the 20th century He created fresh tonal perspectives without abandoning tonality itself This book discusses his compositions and his life, with extracts and various illustrations of his life and work.

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    591 thoughts on “Claude Debussy”

    1. This book is a very good chronological guide to Debussy, his life and work. You get a good understanding of some of his important works (at least those considered important when created like the Pelléas et Mélisande opera) and also some great insight on Debussy the person (including interesting little facts like his distaste for Beethoven or that he probably didn't even like Clair de lune). But, I didn't really get a good sense of his influence on modern music or how he fits into the pantheon [...]


    2. Paul Robert's biography of the great French composer Claude Debussy fits in well with the other composer biographies published by Phaidon Press. It is 240 pages, lavishly illustrated, and focuses more on the life of Debussy than on the details of his music. Roberts is mainly focused on Debussy's relationships with the people in his life. His teachers, his friends and rivals, and his numerous wives and mistresses are presented. Roberts is able to report a great deal of these interpersonal dynamic [...]


    3. Claude Debussy was one of the most innovative and creative composers in the history of classical music. He used the same melancholic and exotic themes that Cesar Franck introduced to romantic music and raised them to new heights of artistic creativity. I expected this book to be entirely devoted to Debussy's music and the inspirations behind his works. However, the author has devoted the majority of this book to explore Debussy's rather unsuccessful relationships, which in my opinion does not do [...]


    4. This nice biography gets to the facts about Debussy's life and music in a direct and thorough manner. Roberts makes especially good use of excerpts from letters and diaries to give a sense of how Debussy lived and was viewed in his own time - it helps to strip away all the retrospective veneer and glamour he has acquired over the last century. I liked getting an up close, more nitty gritty perspective on Debussy's struggles and his triumphs, his successes and failures.


    5. A nice biography on Claude Debussy's life and the psychology behind his music. I loved that the author focused on his works for orchestra, opera, and ballet instead of his more well-known and studied works (such as Clair de Lune). Although, at 220ish pages long, this biography is rather short, it is full of good information and helped me understand the man behind my favorite compositions.


    6. Somewhat dense, somewhat dry, yet chock full of the life story with interesting factoids, interesting characters, and the stage ishistory.


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