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Paris at the turn of the 20th century was obsessed with the interrelations of the arts. It was a time when artists and writers spoke of poetry as music, sounds as colors, and paintings as symphonies. The music of Claude Debussy, with its unique textures and dazzling colors, was the perfect counterpart to the bold new styles of painting in France. Paul Roberts probes the sources of Debussy's artistic inspiration, relating the "impressionist" titles to the artistic and literary ferment of the time. He also draws on his own performing experience to touch on all the principal technical problems for a performer of Debussy's piano music. His many suggestions about interpreting the music will be particularly valuable to performers as well as listeners.
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Carol Montparker is a pianist and a writer. She was Senior Editor of Clavier for 15 years, and is presently Senior Consulting Editor, continuing her column, "Carillon" a personal view of music and how it relates to the other arts, nature, and to all of life. For more than 20 years she has interviewed world-famous artists for feature stories, and reviewed concerts and books. She has won four Awards for Excellence in Journalism from the Educational Press of America, and has published over 200 articles in numerous music periodicals as well as The New York Times and Newsday. She has been an interview guest on several NPR programs across the country. In addition to her literary pursuit of music, Carol is an active recitalist in both solo and chamber music. In fact, her journalistic career emerged from her successful Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1976. Her journal of the experience evolved into her first book, The Anatomy of a New York Debut Recital: A Chronicle, which in turn led to her appointment at The Piano Quarterly, and then Clavier. These two professions of playing music and writing about it are mutually nourishing, and provide bountiful and lively material for her frequent talks and lecture-recitals at piano festivals, universities, libraries, museums, and organizations. Her CD, Pianogarden, comprised of live performances of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin, has been praised by artists and critics including Harold C. Schonberg, Chief Music Critic Emeritus, of The New York Times. Carol also enjoys teaching piano in her private studio, and painting in watercolor (the illustrations in A Pianist's Landscape are her work). She is a native New Yorker, and currently lives in Huntington, New York, with her husband Ernest.Synopsis:
The English pianist Paul Roberts probes the sources of Debussy's artistic inspiration, relating the 'impressionist' titles to the artistic ferment in France at the turn of the century. This is a study of Debussy's piano music.
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Book Description Amadeus Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110931340977