The Life of Debussy / Edition 1

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Overview

'That great blue Sphinx', Debussy called the sea. Debussy himself was something of a Sphinx: in the early 1890s he was thinking of 'founding a society for musical esotericism', and although, on the surface, most of his music is instantly engaging and accessible, at a deeper level run currents that are dangerous, unpredictable, destructive. In this new biography, Roger Nichols considers the life and music of this seminal figure charting the currents and the whirlpools in which other humans were sometimes unlucky enough to get caught. Debussy's status is such that no modern composer has been able to ignore him, asking, as he does, any number of riddles to which late twentieth-century music is still searching answers.
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'A short but searching new biography of Debussy by Roger Nichols is one of an admirable CUP series 'Musical Lives', authoritative texts aimed at a broader intelligent readership. That Nichols's far from superficial study is most stylishly written and approachable goes without saying, and indeed its very concision brings significant aspects of Debussy's life and work into sharper focus.' Musical Times

'Roger Nichols has absorbed this greatly expanded range of information and by skilful selection compressed it into less than 170 pages of text.' Times Literary Supplement

'The volume is written with a cool delicacy and precision apt to its subject.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'The most revealing and engagingly written single-volume biography of Claude Debussy, by the doyen of French music experts.' Classic FM Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521578875
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: Musical Lives Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (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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