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Phaidon Press is relaunching its "20th Century Composers" series with new cover art by Jean-Jacques Sempé. This volume is the only new one in the series; the other nine are reprints. Concert pianist Roberts (Images: The Piano Music of Claude Debussy) presents a biography of Claude Debussy, his influence on 20th-century music, and a detailed examination of how his works have endured into the 21st century. Loaded with black-and-white photos, illustrations, portraits, and artwork, this book presents the composer most often associated with the musical version of impressionism. Roberts also provides quotes from Debussy's letters, correspondence, and diaries, along with interesting commentary on many of Debussy's musical compositions. An appendix includes Debussy's own words about why he wrote Pelléas et Mélisande, and there is also a list of his compositions classified by genre and date. This book would provide a great introduction to Debussy for high school and undergraduate music students as well as for amateur musicians or classical music enthusiasts.
—Bradford Lee Eden