“Tracing the trajectory of Debussy's stylistic evolution, the author shows how facets of his style were reinterpreted in a surprising variety of popular musical contexts.”
“Brown . . . has written a fascinating study of Claude Debussy's lifelong interest in popular music, the impact of his music on popular culture, and the migration of musical ideas, materials, and pieces between different cultural domains.
“Debussy Redux is a timely and original contribution to both popular music studies and Debussy scholarship, not least for the sheer wealth of examples that Brown has amassed of what he calls 'Debussy kitsch.'”
— Music Theory Online
“In a study that is both scholarly and highly entertaining, Matthew Brown explores pop culture’s appropriations of Debussy’s music in everything from '30s swing tunes, '40s movie scores, '50s lounge/exotica, '70s rock and animation, '80s action films, and Muzak. The book, however, is far more than a compendium of fascinating borrowings. The author uses these musical transfers to tackle some of the most fundamental aesthetic issues relevant to the music of all composers, not just Debussy. A very stimulating and provocative book—and a great pleasure to read.”
— David Grayson, Professor of Music, University of Minnesota
“This is a model work of impeccable scholarship; it explores a vital topic with an original approach.”
— Walter T. Everett, Professor of Music, University of Michigan