"[Wheeldon] writes in a lively style and has an excellent way of linking the various contexts with detailed perusal of the music itself... a fertile and novel line of approach." Richard Langham Smith, Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des letters; Arnold Kettle Distinguished Scholar in Music, Open UniversityVom Verlag:
"Debussy's Late Style" explores Claude Debussy's musical responses to the World War I. This period of composition encompasses not only the duration of the war but also the last four years of Debussy's life, and the works that emerged during this time reflect both wartime events and the composer's self-conscious desire to define his own musical legacy as he felt his life nearing its end. Debussy's complete wartime compositions comprise a small but significant body of works, some little known and some now acknowledged to be among the masterpieces of his career. These include the "Berceuse h' roque", "En Blanc et noir", the "Douze tudes", the "No'l des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons", and the three instrumental sonatas (the "Cello Sonata"; the "Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp"; and, the "Violin Sonata").Through music analysis, musicology, and cultural history, this study offers interpretive readings of Debussy's late works, focusing in particular on how they reflect the unique cultural milieu of wartime Paris.
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