A Life in French Music, 1874–1966
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“Cecilia Dunoyer has written a thoughtful and carefully researched work. Not only is her book crammed with information on French music, performers, and composers, it also is highly readable.” —Piano & Keyboard
“Cecilia Dunoyer’s new book presents an engaging portrait of the woman once esteemed as the grande dame of French music.” —Notes
“It is a fascinating story from beginning to end . . . ” —American Music Teacher
“Dunoyer’s thorough, accurate, well-written biography is the first of this important artist and, as such, worthy of many a music library’s attention.” —Booklist
"Marguerite Long, the most important French woman pianist of our century, left her stamp on a whole epoch of musical life in Paris. Long was a virtuoso performer—working closely with Debussy, Fauré, and Ravel—and a tireless and demanding pedagogue. With violinist Jacques Thibaud, she founded a prestigious international competition that continues to launch the careers of young musicians." - Illustrated
Debussy in Performance
Dunoyer was invited by Yale University Press to contribute to Debussy in Performance, in a chapter titled "Debussy and Early Debussystes at the Piano." This book explores how Debussy's compositions are brought to life in performance, investigating the composer's own expectations, the traditions surrounding the performance of his music, and the internal and contextual evidence that can give insight to performers of his works. Leading international scholars and interpreters of Debussy's music draw on his letters and music criticism as well as on the memoirs of performers close to him to discuss the issues of performance.
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"A must-have for those who really want to understand Debussy's music. This is a wonderful collection of 11 essays on how to perform Debussy's works. It approaches the problem from both historical and modern analysis perspectives. Several essays focus on how Debussy and those who worked with him approached performance of his works. Particularly pleasant for pianists like me are two essays: "Debussy and Early Debussystes at the Piano" by Cecilia Dunoyer which surveys what can be learned from historical recordings and writings; and "Timbre, Voice Leading, and the Musical Arabesque in Debussy's Piano Music" by Jann Passler who selects two example works and analyses their melodic structure (not a simple task in Debussy's music) to better understand their interpretation. All the essays are very targeted and informative about Debussy's intentions."
Review in NOTES of the new scholarly edition of Debussy's piano music, Oeuvres Complètes, sér. I, vol. 2, edited by Roy Howat (Paris:Durand, 1998)
Numerous program notes, including extensive liner notes for the Limited Edition of the Complete Solo Piano Music od Debussy CDs, recorded by Daniel Ericourt, issued by Ivory Classics collection (University of North Carolina, Greensboro).