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Debussy's Legacy and the Construction of Reputation

Marianne Wheeldon


This book examines the vicissitudes of Debussy’s posthumous reception in the 1920s and early 1930s and analyzes the confluence of factors that helped to overturn the initial backlash against his musical aesthetic. In tracing this overarching narrative, this study enters into dialogue with research in the sociology of reputation and commemoration, examining the collective nature of the processes of artistic consecration. Key in this regard is identifying the networks of influence that had to come together and act in several spheres—textual, performative, material—to safeguard the composer’s leg ... More

Keywords: Claude Debussy, legacy, reputation, debussyism, anti-debussyism, neoclassicism, Ode à la France, monuments, commemoration, collective memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190631222
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190631222.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marianne Wheeldon, author
Associate Professor of Music Theory, University of Texas at Austin