Claude Debussy

An intimate biography of this innovative and troubled composer.

Paul Roberts


Price: USD$14.95



  • A revealing insight into the life and works of Claude Debussy (1862–1918), whose music formed a link between the Romantic and Modern eras
  • Examines the way in which Debussy's innovative compositional methods reflected developments in the written and visual arts of the period
  • Discusses many of Debussy's compositions, including his enchanting opera Pelleas et Melisande and the evocative orchestral suite La Mer
  • Traces how Debussy's often controversial works were created, performed and perceived, and how their influence has endured into the twenty-first century
  • A variety of illustrations and rarely seen extracts from contemporary documents complete a well-rounded picture of Debussy's troubled life


About the author(s)

Paul Roberts combines concert pianism, writing and teaching in a career that takes him all over the world. He has recorded several discs of Debussy’s piano music to wide critical acclaim, a DVD on Debussy’s Preludes (Amadeus Press, 2006) and is the author of Images: The Piano Music of Claude Debussy. A book on Ravel, Reflections, is in preparation. He is an honorary fellow of London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, visiting professor at the Royal Northern College of Music, and director of the piano summer school near Toulouse, France, Music at Castelfranc.


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