Rupert Christiansen

The Bear Who Made Beautiful Music

Debussy: A Painter in Sound

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English critics have a long and distinguished record of writing about Claude Debussy. To a list ranging from Martin Cooper and Edward Lockspeiser to Roger Nichols, Roy Howat and Paul Roberts one must now add Stephen Walsh, who, in the wake of his magisterial studies of Stravinsky and Mussorgsky, has published this wonderfully warm, wise and witty book about the greatest French composer of the modern era. As a comprehensive and integrated survey of Debussy’s life and work, it could hardly be bettered.

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