The Cambridge Companion to Debussy / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Often considered the father of twentieth-century music, Debussy was a visionary whose influence is still felt. This Companion offers new insights into Debussy's character, his environment and his music, including challenging views of the roles of nature and eroticism in his life and music. While works in all genres are discussed, they are considered through the themes of sonority, rhythm, tonality and form, with closing chapters considering the performance and reception of his music in the first years of the new century.
About the Author
Simon Trezise is a Lecturer in Music at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of Debussy : La mer in the series Cambridge Music Handbooks and has written widely on French music and also on Schoenberg.
Table of Contents
List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Chronology of Debussy's life and works; Note on the text; Introduction Simon Trezise; Part I. Man, Musician and Culture: 1. Debussy the man Robert Orledge; 2. Debussy's Parisian affiliations Barbara L. Kelly; 3. Debussy as musician and critic Deirdre Donnellon; Part II. Musical Explorations: 4. Debussy on stage David Grayson; 5. The prosaic Debussy Roger Nichols; 6. Debussy and expression Nigel Simeone; 7. Exploring the erotic in Debussy's music Julie McQuinn; 8. Debussy and nature Caroline Potter; Part III. Musical Techniques: 9. Debussy's tonality: a formal perspective Boyd Pomeroy; 10. The Debussy sound: colour, texture, gesture Mark DeVoto; 11. Music's inner dance: form, pacing and complexity in Debussy's music Richard S. Parks; 12. Debussy's 'rhythmicised time' Simon Trezise; Part IV. Performance and Assessment: 13. Debussy in performance Charles Timbrell; 14. Debussy now Arnold Whittall; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.