Sunday, August 26, 2012

More on Debussy

Debussy's 150th birthday was Wednesday; now's as good a time as any to get to know more about him.

Last week, WQXR broadcast a series of programs dedicated to Debussy's music for the piano, and you can hear them all on its website.

Also on WQXR.org is an interview with Pierre-Laurent Aimard. On his Telegraph blog, Stephen Hough discusses just how different Debussy and Ravel are.

Oxford University Press posted a biographical essay on its blog. Gramophone magazine has its own page devoted to Debussy, complete with a top-ten recordings list.

In October, Eastman School of Music hosts a month-long Debussy festival, and the Rochester Philharmonic performs the composer's Petite suite and Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra with Matthias Bamert and pianist Stefan Arnold.