• Title: The Life of Debussy
  • Author: Roger Nichols
  • ISBN: 9780521578875
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Life of Debussy That great blue Sphinx Debussy called the sea Debussy himself was something of a Sphinx in the early s he was thinking of founding a society for musical esotericism and although on the surfac
    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 Nich 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.

    One Reply to “The Life of Debussy”

    1. This biography is short and sweet. Oddly, Nichols seems much more focused on Debussy's struggles and labor than his triumphs and joys. Somehow it works, though. Or maybe it's just that I like seeing the nitty gritty of great composers' lives and careers because it cuts through all the later enshrinement. I also think this approach helped Nichols show Debussy's extremely ambivalent relationship with the music establishment of the time. Debussy was Conservatoire trained and a Prix de Rome winner, [...]

    2. At the core, I cherish the experience of the impermanence of the sensual paradise in the music of Claude Debussy.

    3. Stylistic a little rough & timeline not always clear, but a good general overview of the composer's life.

    4. Great, very informative book. Contains all the things one has to know.I decided to read this book hoping that it'd help me with my Debussy presentation for school, and it did.

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