Debussy has long been seen as one of the most forward-looking composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Yet his music somehow escaped the disapproval levelled against Stravinsky and Schönberg, his most important fellow-modernists. Perhaps the label ‘Impressionist’ helped – comparison with that movement in art is attractive, even if the composer himself rejected it as misleading.
Debussy’s output was extensive and covers many genres from song and piano miniature to opera and substantial orchestral music. This course will trace his career from the early works, through the development of a highly individual style in his middle period, and on to the more inscrutable music of his last years. We shall also explore briefly the immediate legacy of his work.
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Jensen, E.F., Debussy (Master Musicians Series). London, 2014.
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