Celebrating Debussy at 150

Following the Debussy Text and Idea Symposium I coordinated together with Prof. Richard Langham Smith back in April 2012 to celebrate Debussy at 150, Gresham College have now released all the podcasts of each of the papers and recitals – well worth a listen (again) to the incredibly rich and diverse approaches to Debussy and the way he dealt with the literary texts he set to music. Gresham have divided the podcasts into four sections, and provide a whole array of useful accompanying material:

Part One includes an introduction by Dr Paul Archbold (IMR), Prof. Richard Langham Smith (RCM) and Dr Helen Abbott (Sheffield), and papers by Denis Herlin (IRPMF), Roy Howat (RAM), Prof. David Grayson (Minnesota), Dr François de Médicis (Montreal), & Prof. Katherine Bergeron (Brown): www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/debussy-text-and-ideas-part-one

Part Two includes papers by Dr Mylène Dubiau-Feuillerac (Toulouse II-Le Mirail), Dr David Evans (St Andrew’s), Prof. Marie Rolf (Eastman), and a recital of Debussy song by Sophie Bevan (soprano) and Seb Wybrew (piano): www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/debussy-text-and-ideas-part-two

Part Three includes papers by Dr Joseph Acquisto (Vermont), Dr Helen Abbott (Sheffield), Emma Adlard (KCL), Robert Orledge (Liverpool) & Stephen Wyatt (Greenwich), & Prof. Richard Langham Smith (RCM): www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/debussy-text-and-ideas-part-three

Part Four includes papers by Dr Mary Breatnach (Edinburgh), Dr David Code (Glasgow) & Dr Manuela Toscano (Lisbon), and a recital of Debussy song and cantatas by Magali Anault Stanczak (soprano), John McMunn (tenor) and Ouri Bronchti (piano): www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/debussy-text-and-ideas-part-four

This valuable resource will also be supplemented by the publication of some of the papers in a special issue of  the journal Dix-Neuf on ‘Poetry, Performance, Music’, to appear in print in early 2013.

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