The Great Composers Series Debussy Author:Lockspeiser, Edward "Debussy's world was a new province of the unconscious mind, so new and, at the same time, so real that Saint-Saens and Rimsky-Korsakov saw it as a dangerous threat." So writes the author of this study: His central purpose is to reveal the character and art of the hedonistic man who ventured into that province and revitalized modern European mus... more »ic.
The first part of this book describes Debussy's years as a student at the Paris Conservatoire, his relationship with the poet Mallarme and the French Symbolists, his two marriages, the ten-year gestation of his opera Pelleas et Melisande, and the increasingly bold experiements of his final years. The second half is a critical analysis of Debussy's music, from the early songs and piano pieces to the orchestral works, operas, and dramatic librettos. The sum is a compelling portrait of a man and a composer who, not content with worldly success, continued till death his pursuit of his strange musical vision.« less