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Author Lesure, François. author.

Title Claude Debussy : a critical biography / François Lesure ; English translation and revised edition by Marie Rolf.

Publication Info. Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2019.

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 Talbott: Circulating Collection  ML410 .D354 L471 2019    Available    FIND ITEM ON NEW BOOK SHELF
Description xvi, 525 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm.
Series Eastman studies in music ; [volume 159]
Eastman studies in music ; v. 159.
Note "Original French-language edition: Claude Debussy: biographie critique by François Lesur. World copyright © Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2003" -- title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents An unsettled childhood: 1862-72 -- Failure of a pianist: 1872-79 -- Birth of a composer: 1880-82 -- The path to the Prix de Rome: 1882-84 -- The villa Medici: 1885-87 -- Beginning of the Bohemian period: 1887-89 -- From Baudelaire to Mallarmé: 1890-91 -- Esotericism and symbolism: 1892 -- The Chausson year: 1893 -- A "fairy tale" gone awry: 1894 -- Pierre Louÿs; The lean years: 1895-96 -- Pelléas - the long wait: 1895-98 -- From bachelorhood to marriage: 1897-99 -- Nocturnes: 1900-1901 -- The composer as critic: 1901-3 -- Pelléas et Mélisande: 1902 -- From the Fêtes galantes to La mer: 1903 -- Debussyism; A new life: 1904 -- La mer: 1905 -- Projects and skirmishes: 1906-7 -- Orchestra conductor: 1908 -- "The procrastination syndrome": 1909 -- Orchestral Images and piano Préludes: 1910 -- Le martyre de saint Sébastien: 1911 -- The year of the ballets: 1912 -- Jeux; Travel to Russia: 1913 -- The final trips: 1914 -- The war; Pourville : 1914-15 -- "The factories of nothingness": 1916-18.
Summary "Franois Lesure's "critical biography" of Claude Debussy (Fayard, 2003) is widely recognized by scholars as the most comprehensive and reliable account of that composer's life and career as well as of the artistic milieu in which he worked. This encyclopedic volume draws extensively on Debussy's complete correspondence (at that time unpublished), a painstaking tracking of contemporary reviews and comments in the press, and an examination of other primary documents-including private diaries-that had not been available to previous biographers. As such, Lesure's book presents a wealth of new information while debunking a number of myths that had developed over the years since the composer's death in 1918. The present English translation and revised edition, by Debussy authority Marie Rolf, augments Lesure's numerous notes with several thousand new ones by Rolf, providing more precise information on crucial and sometimes contentious points. It also reflects Debussy scholarship that has appeared since 2003, updating Lesure's seminal work. Rolf's translation-the first ever-will make Lesure's findings accessible to scholars, musicians, and music lovers in English-speaking lands and around the world." Provided by publisher.
Subject Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918.
Composers -- France -- Biography.
Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Author Rolf, Marie, 1950- translator, editor.
Translation Of: Translation of: Lesure, François. Claude Debussy. [Paris] : Fayard, ©2003 2213616191 (DLC) 2003361714 (OCoLC)53469899
ISBN 9781580469036 hardcover alkaline paper
1580469035 hardcover alkaline paper