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Debussy : Master Musicians Series - Eric Frederick Jensen

Debussy

Master Musicians Series

Hardcover

Published: 10th July 2014
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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.

comprehensive Classical Music, Philip Borg-Wheeler Jensen speaks with knowledge and authority and adopts a fluent and eminently readable writing style. This is certainly the finest and most comprehensive Debussy biography I have read to date. It merits enthusiastic endorsement and ranks as a highly desirable acquisition. Stephen Greenbank, MusicWeb International

Debussy
Eric Frederick Jensen
Chapter 1 A Musician's Apprenticeship
Chapter 2 The Prix de Rome
Chapter 3 Establishing a Reputation
Chapter 4 Years of Struggle
Chapter 5 Divagations, 1900-1904
Chapter 6 Notoriety and Respectability, 1904-1910
Chapter 7 The Final Years, 1910-1918
Chapter 8 Debussy and the Arts
Chapter 9 Student Compositions
Chapter 10 Compositions, 1888-1893
Chapter 11 Compositions, 1893-1899
Chapter 12 Pelléas et Mélisande and the Poe Operas
Chapter 13 Compositions, 1900-1912
Chapter 14 Compositions, 1912-1918
Chapter 15 Debussy as Critic
Calendar
List of Works
Personalia
Select Bibliography

ISBN: 9780199730056
ISBN-10: 0199730059
Series: Master Musicians Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 10th July 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.58