Claude Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande

£22.99
£22.99
€26,43
€27,05
incl. VAT
Claude Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande
Find similar products
Need assistance? Call 020 7432 4400

Overview

The first comprehensive guide to Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy’s only completed opera, this book is written by three of the leading authorities on French music of the period. As a background to the opera Richard Langham Smith discusses the play, by the Belgian dramatist Maeterlinck, and considers its literary roots. David Grayson then traces the genesis and composition of the opera, examining also the sketches and rejected versions in order to illuminate Debussy’s compositional strategies. A detailed synopsis by Roger Nichols, which considers carefully Debussy’s musical response to the text, forms a central chapter. The book then moves on to consider more detailed aspects of the style and language of the opera. The relationship between symbols and musical motives forms the basis of a chapter by Richard Langham Smith, and a subsequent chapter by him considers the themes of darkness and light and the key-schemes used to portray them. Two chapters by Roger Nichols on the various performances since 1902 and on the ideas of interpreters and commentators complete the text. The book concludes with a detailed bibliography and a discography.

Specs

Product IDCOBS012774436
Composer/Artist/Author Roger Nichols & Richard Langham Smith
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publisher Ref No 9780521314466
Language Eng
Media Textbook
No of Pages224
ISBN-100521314461
ISBN-139780521314466

Questions & Answers

Ask a Question: