Claude Debussy: First Discovery – Music
Pierre Babin & Charlotte Voake
Moonlight, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ere's an excellent way to introduce children ages seven and older to classical music. A combination of vintage photos and illustrations accompany an interesting text that highlights some of the important events in Claude Debussy's early life.
fter a difficult childhood, the young boy eventually lived for a while by the sea with relatives. It was here that he fell in love with nature and the varied moods of the ocean.
y the age of ten, Claude had started playing the piano and he earned a place at the Paris Conservatoire. Although a bit of a rebel and sometimes a difficult student, the young musician excelled and by the age of 22 he won the highest award of all, the Prix de Rome.
he second part of this book contains a bit of information about some of Debussy's signature compositions such as
Clair de Lune
, some of his chamber music, the opera
, and the famed orchestral work entitled
CD accompanies the book and offers the reader a chance to hear some of Debussy's famous music. This is part of a series of biographies, in which you'll find other books on the lives of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart, as well as six other composers.
n attractive presentation, this book also includes sidebars with suggested activities and tidbits about Debussy and classical music. You'll also find at the bottom of each two page spread a small, red, numbered box that lists the composition that accompanies the narration on the CD.
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