Debussy's Paris : piano portraits of the belle époque

by Kautsky, Catherine,

Format: Print Book 2017
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML410.D28 K2 2017
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  ML410.D28 K2 2017
Claude Debussy's exquisite piano works have captivated generations with their dreamlike atmosphere and mysterious soundscapes.Written in Paris at the height of the Belle poque, the music creates a soundtrack for Parisians' enjoyment of such delights as clowns, mermaids, eccentric dances, and the dark tales of Edgar Allan Poe. Debussy's Paris: Piano Portraits of the Belle poque explores how key works reflect not only the most appealing and innocent aspects of Paris but also more disquieting attitudes of the time such as racism, colonial domination, and nationalistic hostility. Debussy left no avenue unexplored, and his piano works present a sweeping overview of the passions, vices, and obsessions of the era. Pianist Catherine Kautsky reveals little-known elements of Parisian culture and weaves the music, the man, the city, and the era into an indissoluble whole. Her portrait will delight anyone who has ever been entranced by Debussy's music or the city that inspired it.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this fascinating fusion of music, literature, and social history, Kautsky, a pianist and piano professor, transports us to the milieu of a composer whose music captured the spirit of the times. Her purpose, she writes, isn't to to provide a lengthy biography of Claude Debussy but rather to view him through the lens of his piano music and the city he so fully embraced. Debussy, the dreamy French composer par excellence, counted among his acquaintances luminaries of the worlds of art (Degas, Gauguin, Rodin); literature (Proust, Mallarmé, Colette); and dance (Nijinsky, Diaghilev, Loie Fuller). Setting a number of his compositions in the context of the times, Kautsky explores a glittering world of music, dance, art, and poetry as well as its less appealing underside of racist minstrel shows, colonization, and nationalism. Her graceful and erudite prose is embellished with period illustrations and bolstered by a carefully selected bibliography. Kautsky has also recorded the complete Debussy Preludes (2014), a work that figures prominently in these pages. A treat for music lovers, Francophiles, and anyone who appreciates the arts.--Mulac, Carolyn Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Debussy, Claude, -- 1862-1918. -- Piano music.
Debussy, Claude, -- 1862-1918 -- Homes and haunts -- France -- Paris.
Piano music -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Piano music -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Paris (France) -- Description and travel.
Publisher Lanham, Maryland :Rowman & Littlefield,2017
Language English
Description xxix, 223 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-210) and indexes.
ISBN 9781442269828
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