Claude Debussy at 150: We take his musical revolution for granted

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy, one of Western music’s revolutionaries.

As with the varying styles of Impressionist paintings, the long view represents something defined, but the closer you get, the more his compositions start to fall apart into the individual components that our minds work imperceptibly to piece together into meaningful shapes.

The long view is so sleek and seductive that listeners long ago began taking Debussy’s art for granted.

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Royal Opera House announces new production of Gloriana for Queen’s Jubilee

Christine Brewer as Elizabeth I in a 2005 Opera Theater of St. Louis production of Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana

Benjamin Britten’s Gloriana, a three-act opera about Queen Elizabeth I’s struggles with duty versus love for the Earl of Essex, had its premiere during the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. At its 2012-13 season unveiling, yesterday, the Royal Opera House announced that it will mount a new production in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The six performances are to take place between June 20 and July 6, 2013. Cinemas around the world that screen Royal Opera productions will get a chance to show the June 24 performance. Continue reading