New Illustrated Lives of Great Composers: Debussy

New Illustrated Lives of Great Composers: Debussy

by Paul Holmes


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Achille-Claude Debussy was born into unsettled times: he lived through the political instability of the Commune era, the cultural explosion of the Exposition Universelle, the creative ferment of fin-de-siecle Paris, the frantic turbulence of pre-war Europe and, ultimately, its headlong descent into one of the bloodiest wars in history. He died with German bombs exploding about him in the streets of Paris. Beneath the alluring surface of Debussy's music took place a revolution as radical as any of the events of his lifetime, but it was a revolution won by seduction, not force. Debussy's reputation as the 'father of modern music' might seem baffling to listeners who associate 'modern music' with the irregular rhythms of Stravinsky and scrunching dissonances of Schoenberg, but works like the exquisitely sensuous Prelude al'apres-midi d'un faune undermined traditional ideas of harmony, form and orchestration at a single stroke, and the language of music was never to be the same again. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this fascinating new biography sets Debussy's musical revolution in the context of the times. It will be invaluable to musicians and concert-goers alike.Includes a CD featuring a selection of recordings by the composer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780384467
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x (d)

About the Author

Paul Holmes graduated from York University with an honours degree in English and Philosophy. He then taught before joining HMV (EMI) Classical Records as Literary Editor. Five years later he took up journalism, before moving to Brighton in 1980. He now teaches English and Creative Writing for adult education. His other published works include Brahms - His Life and Times, sleeve notes, translations and poetry. He is also a prize-winning short story writer.

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