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Debussy's Paris with author & pianist Catherine Kautsky

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Mystery to Me

1863 Monroe Street

Madison, WI 53711

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Join Catherine Kautsky for a discussion of this fascinating look at Debussy.

A keyboard will be available for Catherine to share some music with the audience.

"Catherine Kautsky has written a wonderful book, a kind of total immersion in the Debussyan magic, and in the endless fascination of fin-de-siécle Paris. The writing fizzes with the excitement of connecting the countless different strands of the composer's artistic influences and inspirations. Musicians will particularly appreciate the masterly survey of the piano works, and all readers will enjoy the extraordinary cast of characters, from Poe and Baudelaire to half-forgotten clowns of the circus and music hall. I was entranced and delighted throughout." --Richard Goode, Grammy Award-winning concert pianist and teacher.

Debussy's Paris: Piano Portraits of the Belle Époque takes readers on a tour of Paris through detailed descriptions of the city's diversions and the music Debussy wrote reflecting them. Catherine Kautsky explores how key works reveal not only the most appealing aspects of Paris, but also the more disquieting attitudes of the time. In contrast to the childlike innocence of fairy tales, minstrel shows had racist overtones, colonization entialed domination, and the brooding nationalism of the era was rife with hostillity. Debussy left no avenue unexplored, and his piano works present a sweeping overview of the passions, vices, and obsessions of the era's Parisians.

About the author: Catherine Kautsky is chair of keyboard at Lawrence University and has been lauded by the New York Times as "a pianist who can play Mozard and Schubert as though their sentiments and habits of speech coincided exactly with hers..." She has concertized widely, performing in major halls in New York City, Chicago, Washington, and Boston, soloing with the St. Louis Symphony and other orchestras and appearing frequently on public radio.


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