Debussy International Conference

2 - 5 February 2012
Cité de la musique, CNSMDP, Opéra Comique, Musée d'Orsay

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy, the Centre de documentation Claude Debussy has organized an international conference on 2, 3, 4 and 5 February 2012 in memory of its founder, François Lesure, and in association with the Cité de la Musique, the Musée d'Orsay, the Institut de recherche sur le patrimoine musical en France (IRPMF-CNRS, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Ministry of Culture), the Centre de recherche sur les arts et le langage (CRAL-CNRS-EHESS), the Société française de musicologie (SFM), the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP) and the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester, USA)

Debussy scholarship has evolved considerably over the last fifty years or so, primarily due to the determining influence of François Lesure, responsible not only for having created the Centre de documentation Claude Debussy and the Cahiers Debussy, but also for having initiated the critical edition of the complete works and the general correspondence of Claude Debussy, as well as authoring pioneering studies including a catalogue of the works and a critical biography of the composer, generally considered to be a precursor of the music of the 20th century.