Piano Sonority of Claude Debussy
|Author: ||Raad, Virginia|
This study discusses only those elements in Claude Debussy's work that are directly associated with the qualities of a particular instrument and what they inspire. The piano music that Debussy composed evolved in part from his own particular performance. Debussy knew all the technical possibilities available to a skilled pianist. In his full development, he uniquely employed the piano's sonorous resources and painted atmospheric scenes. This volume explores early, mature and late work, including the Préludes and the twelve Etudes, examining forms, harmonies, rhythms, touch, pitches, sustained sounds, and compositions. With photographs.
"Raad focuses on the unique ways in which Debussy used the piano to explore sound and to evoke atmospheric color. . . . Raad's book is well written and provides a most interesting viewpoint . . . . Upper-division undegraduate; graduate; faculty." - Choice
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