Decoding the music masterpieces: Debussy’s only opera, Pelléas and Mélisande

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Claude Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande holds a unique place in the repertoire of turn-of-the-century France.

  • Madeline Roycroft
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For his only completed opera, Debussy rejected the musical and dramatic conventions of the genre, crafting a work that is as captivating as it is perplexing.

Xex 9iFor years, Debussy had searched for the perfect text upon which to set his first opera.

In 1899, he described his ideal librettist (the person who writes the words for an opera) as “a poet who deals in hints”, and his ideal characters as those “whose story belongs to no time or place, who submit to life and fate, and…

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