Debussy a painter in sound is less a deep dive into the life of the composer or a jargon heavy examination of his work than it is a descriptive biography attempting to grant readers the most real and vivid image of debussy as he grew and developed. A painter of sound is exactly that a swim through music history that can wrap up a reader in both the artist claude debussy and the art debussys place place in the lexicon of western music seemingly grows every year but what is often lost in its familiarity is simply how much he shattered the conception of melody mood and even harmony. O debussy a painter in sound is published by faber faber 20 to order a copy for 17 go to guardianbookshopcom or call 0330 333 6846 free uk pp over 10 online orders only. Debussy a painter in sound by stephen walsh 365 rating details 34 ratings 9 reviews claude debussy was that rare creature a composer who reinvented the language of music without alienating the majority of music lovers he is the modernist everyone loves how did he manage this. This year has brought some appropriately thoughtful celebrations of debussys life and work notably stephen walshs debussy a painter in soundwalshs joy and maybe his relief at having such a manageable subject is palpable on every page of his book which is written with an aptly debussyan lightness and attention to detail
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