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Debussy in Daleville

James R. Briscoe

in Rethinking Debussy

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755639
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894932 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755639.003.0009
Debussy in Daleville

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At Debussy's death in 1918 the Daleville (Indiana) Journal concluded, “Dubussy [sic] is known to all American concert-goers, although he is by no means understood or even altogether liked by all of them…. But Debussy was pre-eminent in the paths to the new music. The world will not forget who blazed the way.” Heretofore scholarship has emphasized Ives and Strauss as modernist voices in the United States, but it has not accounted fully for the reception of Debussy's music. Archival studies in New York, Boston, and Chicago clarify how he advanced to the role of foremost innovator between 1902 and 1918. The search by critics for a new, non-German aesthetic, the championing of his music by conductors and performers, and wartime patriotic sentiment figured in the rise of Debussy's standing, which challenged America's previous obsession with Austro-German music.

Keywords: Debussy; modernist hearing; reception

Chapter.  16378 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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