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Debussy's Legacy

Caroline Rae

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth in 1862, an international conference, L’héritage de Claude Debussy: du rêve pour les generations futures, is taking place at the University of Montreal, Canada from 29 February to 4 March.

During the four – day conference, leading Debussy scholars from around the world will present papers exploring a range of topics, such as Debussy’s musical language, Debussy’s interactions with his social and cultural milieu, his relationships with others in the musical world, performances of his music, and the reception of Debussy’s work in France and abroad.

Dr Caroline Rae will present an examination of the Debussy recordings made by French pianist-composer Marius-François Gaillard in a paper entitled 'Marius-François Gaillard's Debussy: Performances and Recordings - Controversy and Legacy'.

The paper will be given during a session chaired by Roy Howat, Royal Academy of Music, on Debussy’s Interpreters.  Other papers in the session will be given by Giuseppe Montemagno, Université Paris IV – Sorbonne, and Jocelyn Ho, State University of New York at Stony Brook.

The conference, organised by l’Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM), will take stock of recent developments in Debussy studies and explore new perspectives that open up understanding of the composer’s legacy.

More information on the conference, including a full programme, is available online at: