Stephen Walsh

Debussy – A Painter in Sound

Date: Thursday 20th September 2018
Venue: Temple Church | 5.15pm
Tickets: £12

Claude Debussy, who died 100 years ago this year, was that rare creature: a composer who reinvented the language of music without alienating the majority of music lovers.

How did he manage this? Was it through the association of his music with visual images, or was it simply that, by throwing out the rule book of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied, his music put beauty of sound above the spiritual ambitions of the German tradition from which those rules derived.

Professor Stephen Walsh, author and emeritus professor of music at Cardiff University, tells the story through the events of Debussy’s life, and through a critical discussion of his music, of one of the most influential composers of the early twentieth century.

‘A beautifully written study… [Walsh] combines delicacy of perception, refinement of expression and quiet persistence, in a way not so far from the great composer himself.’ Daily Telegraph

Stephen Walsh, Debussy, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival
Stephen Walsh, Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Stephen Walsh