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Click to enlargeDebussy - Introduction to His Piano Works (Halford) [Alfred Publishing Co.]

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Claude Debussy (1862-1918) was a man of passion who created music by his own rules. His independent approach to form, harmony and color dominates his music. As a young man, he studied at the Paris Conservatory where he rebelled against traditional harmony, and his improvisations were actually thought to be "dangerous." He created music with one goal in mind: to please his own ears. It was this commitment, his subtle melodies and his ability to translate vivid emotions into music, that led him to put his own unique indelible mark on 20th-century music.

Using autographs and original and first editions, editor Margery Halford painstakingly assembled this Alfred edition of Debussy, An Introduction to His Piano Music. Her extensive discussion of Debussy's harmony and explanation of technic and interpretation accurately reflect the composer's intentions. Beautifully engraved, the music is amply spaced for easy reading. Alfred's edition of Debussy's compelling piano music is preferred by all pianists and is sure to bring pleasure to the performer and listener alike.

Debussy's music captures a warm, emotional quality that is the musical equivalent of Impressionism in the visual arts. Like the artists of his day, Debussy was influenced by the effects of light and color. He strove to create moods and feelings through his unconventional style of composing based upon some of these influences. This Impressionistic painting, The Boat during the Flood by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899), was selected for the cover as a reflection of the color and beauty found in Debussy's piano music.

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