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For well over a century musicologists have been fascinated by composers' manuscripts and by the insights they might reveal about the nature of musical composition. This book suggests ways in which Debussy's sketches and drafts may be used to explain how he composed one of his last great symphonic scores: Iberia (from Images for orchestra, 1903-10). Part 1 shows how we might understand the process of musical composition as a form of expert problem solving; it describes the compositional history of the work, the various intentional goals and historical constraints that guided Debussy's thinking, and some of the technical problems Debussy faced while composing this remarkable score. Part 2 reconstructs the genesis of each of the three movements in turn.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198161998
ISBN-10: 0198161999
Format: Hardback
(237mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 194
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Matthew Brown

Born in London, Matthew Brown studied at the Royal College of Music Preparatory Division and later at King's College London. He pursued a Ph.D. in musicology at Cornell University. From 1983-1986 he was a junior fellow at Harvard University. Since then, he has taught musicology at the Eastman School of Music and theory at Louisiana State University. He has served on the council of the American Musicological Society and the executive board of the Society for Music Theory. He is currently Associate Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music.

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