Review: Claude Debussy (First Discovery - Music)

Claude Debussy: First Discovery - Music l LadyD Books

Written by Pierre Babin and beautifully illustrated by Charlotte Voake, the team provides wonderful insights into Debussy's compositions creating beautiful pictures. I love this book!

  • Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 6
  • Series: First Discovery: Music
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Moonlight Publishing (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851033211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851033218

    • Amazon Snippet
    As a boy, Debussy wanted to be a sailor. At music college in Paris he used to shock his teachers with the sounds he made on the piano. Children who want to know how to make a glass sing or hear the sound of the sea in a teacup will learn much from Debussy.

    • My Review
    Debussy was a French composer who wrote some wonderful piano music. When he was 7 years old he started taking piano lessons and was admitted to the famous Paris Conservatory when he was only 10 years old. He became very interested in composing music and experimented with new ideas and sounds. Debussy loved the sea and water, and many of his pieces have something to do with water. Most of the titles of his pieces are very descriptive and suggest what the piece is about in "Gardens in the Rain" or "Reflections in the Water." You will enjoy the book of listening to Debussy's music. His melodies are smooth and graceful like flowing water.

    5 stars! Highly recommend!

    • Debussy had many interesting ideas about music and composing

    There is nothing more musical than a sunset.

    Music is the space between the notes.

    Composers aren't daring enough.

    Collect impressions. Don't be in a hurry  to write them down.

    • The Submerged Cathedral
    One of Debussy's famous piano works is called La cathedrale engloutie which means sunken or submerged cathedral. The piece is based on am old story of a cathedral that is sunk beneath the water off the coast of France. On clear mornings the cathedral rises to the surface and then sinks again.

    In Debussy's music you can hear the church bells and organ across the ocean and then slightly muffled as they go back underwater. 

    Claude Debussy (First Discovery: Music)

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