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Rethinking Debussy


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Contributors Introduction: Debussy's Music and its Contexts Elliott Antokoletz and Marianne Wheeldon Part I: EARLY ENCOUNTERS 1 Debussy's Rites of Spring Marie Rolf 2 Russian Imprints in Debussy's Piano Music Roy Howat Part II: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON PELLEAS ET MELISANDE 3 Melisande's Charm and the Truth of her Music Jann Pasler 4 "Aimer ainsi": Rekindling the Lamp in Pelleas Richard Langham Smith 5 Debussy's Ideal Pelleas and the Limits of Authorial Intent David Grayson 6 Music as Encoder of the Unconscious in Pelleas et Melisande Elliott Antokoletz Part III: CAREER AND CREATIVITY 7 An Artist High and Low, or Debussy and Money Denis Herlin 8 "Destiny Should Allow Me to Finish It": The Problems involved in the Reconstruction and Orchestration of The Fall of the House of Usher (1908-1917) Robert Orledge Part IV: RECEPTION HISTORIES 9 Debussy in Daleville: Toward Early Modernist Hearing in the United States James R. Briscoe 10 Tombeau de Claude Debussy: the Early Reception of the Late Works Marianne Wheeldon Notes Index

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Elliott Antokoletz, Professor of Musicology at the University of Texas at Austin, has held two Endowed Professorships. He is the author of six books and editor of several others, as well as the International Journal of Musicology. His theoretical contributions earned him the Bela Bartok Memorial Plaque and Diploma from the Hungarian Government in 1981. Marianne Wheeldon is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Texas at Austin. Her articles on Debussy have appeared in the Journal of Musicology, Current Musicology, Integral, Perspectives of New Music, and in several collections of essays. She is the author of Debussy's Late Style (Indiana University Press, 2009).


"The engaging perspectives and careful research that characterize these essays make for a very useful and innovative collection of work. Truly multidisciplinary in scope, the collection will appeal to students and scholars of Music and French Studies, as well as to a much broader public, as it truly offers a compelling rethinking of the life and work of the celebrated, inventive, and complex man who was Claude Debussy." --H-France Review "Rethinking Debussy arrives at an opportune time to showcase "new perspectives" and challenge previous interpretations. The questions these essays raise, and the data they present, will interest both the specialist looking for fresh angles on the subject and the educated general reader wanting to survey the current state of research." --Notes "Highly Recommended." -- James Tobin

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