Debussy's Paris: Art, Music, & Sounds of the City

150th Anniversary Celebration presented by the Smith College Museum of Art and the Smith College Music Department

Image Credit: Odilon Redon. French, 1840-1916. With Closed Eyes (Les Yeux clos), ca. 1895-1905. Oil on canvas. SCMA, Gift of Mrs. Charles Inslee (Marguerite Tuthill, class of 1915). Photograph by Petegorsky/Gipe

Debussy's Paris
Exhibition: SC Museum of Art
Feb. 3 - June 10 Debussy's Paris: Art, Music, & Sounds of the City
Event: SC Music Department
Mar. 9-11 Music in Debussy's Paris: Lectures, recital and master class

The year 2012 marks the one-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy (1862–1918). To honor the celebrated and influential French composer, the Smith College Music Department, in collaboration with the Smith College Museum of Art, will present a series of events during the spring semester.

Smith College Museum of Art (February 3 - June 10) will present "Debussy's Paris: Art, Music, and Sounds of the City," a major exhibition, focusing on dance, popular music, the sounds of the city, Impressionism/Neo-Impressionism and Symbolism, the 60 paintings and prints in DEBUSSY'S PARIS are drawn largely from the permanent collection of Smith College Museum of Art. The exhibition is augmented with key loans as well as listening and viewing stations.

Music in Debussy's Paris will take place during the weekend of March 10–11, 2012, with lectures by Denis Herlin and Roy Howat, a concert of chamber music, and a recital and vocal master class by Kate Lindsay, mezzo-soprano. Three Noon Hour Concerts and the Smith College Orchestra will also focus on the music of Debussy.

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Search the Five College Library Catalog by SUBJECT for <Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918> to find books on Debussy. 

Streaming Audio Selections

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Debussy, Fauré, Ravel: String Quartets performed by Quatuor Ebène (Virgin Classics)

Debussy: La Mer, etc performed by Rattle, Simon Denis (Musical conductor) & Philharmoniker, Berliner (EMI Classics)

Debussy, C.: Preludes / Estampes / Images / Children's Corner (N. Lee)

Nui d'étoiles - Mélodies françaises performed by Gens, Véronique (Soprano) & Vignoles, Roger (Pianist) (Virgin Classics, 724354536021, 1999)


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