- File Size: 10919 KB
- Print Length: 64 pages
- Publisher: Alfred Music (May 1, 1984)
- Publication Date: May 1, 1984
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004P1HP30
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Debussy -- An Introduction to His Piano Music (Alfred Masterwork Edition) Kindle Edition
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The binding is of the fold-and-staple variety, so it stays open well on the music stand (unlike editions with glue bindings). The music itself is clear and easy to read, with large dark noteheads appropriately spaced. Editorial marks for pedaling, fingerings, and translations of French are printed throughout in grey so it's easy to tell them from the actual music; some people might prefer a more "pure" edition, but I find the editorial suggestions useful.
I didn't even know this book came with a CD until it arrived, so it wasn't really a factor in my purchase. Overall the performances are good and very faithful to the music. You'll enjoy it if you don't already have one (or many!) recordings of Debussy's work, but I'll probably keep listening to my favorites (Pascal Roge, all the way!).
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS AFTER MORE EXTENSIVE USE: Though I really like the print quality and presentation of this edition I've noticed some places where editorial comments like "RH" conflict directly with m.g. notations I've seen on other editions (Doctor Gradus), a few missing accidentals (Reverie), and other minor quibbles. I still recommend this edition for anyone familiar enough with Debussy's music to know when things aren't quite as they should be. If I were rating it now I'd probably dock it one star for these minor mistakes.
The front matter has good explanations of Debussy's philosophy and a nice description of types of pedaling. The book includes a couple of cake walks and some other pieces that seem to me to be "non-Dubussy" . Of course it contains Clair du Lune.