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Claude Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande

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A Cambridge Opera Handbook.
The first comprehensive guide to Pelleas et Melisande, 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.

This paperback book is in good used condition. The spine has slight fading and slight discolouration around edge of cover. There is a signature in ink on inside front page and small sticker on same page. The remaining pages are clean and unmarked. The binding is sound.

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Author(s):
Roger Nichols and Richard Langham Smith
Condition:
Used: good
ISBN-10:
0521314461
ISBN-13:
9780521314466
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Claude Debussy - Pelleas et Melisande

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A Cambridge Opera Handbook.
The first comprehensive guide to Pelleas et Melisande, 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.

This paperback book is in good used condition. The spine has slight fading and slight discolouration around edge of cover. There is a signature in ink on inside front page and small sticker on same page. The remaining pages are clean and unmarked. The binding is sound.

Author(s):
Roger Nichols and Richard Langham Smith
Condition:
Used: good
ISBN-10:
0521314461
ISBN-13:
9780521314466
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Claude Debussy - Pelleas et Melisande

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