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  Claude Debussy
Debussy worked on other opera projects and left substantial sketches for two pieces after tales by Poe (Le diable dans le beffroi and La chûte de la maison Usher), but nothing was completed.
But then, as in the orchestral pieces, Debussy began to associate his music with visual impressions of the East, Spain, landscapes etc, in a sequence of sets of short pieces.
His last volume of Etudes (1915) interprets similar varieties of style and texture purely as pianistic exercises and includes pieces that develop irregular form to an extreme as well as others influenced by the young Stravinsky (a presence too in the suite En blanc et noir for two pianos, 1915).
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  Island of Freedom - Claude Debussy
Debussy was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and studied at the Paris Conservatoire, which he entered at the age of 10.
It earned Debussy widespread fame for the extent to which his score retained and enhanced the abstract, dreamlike quality of Maeterlinck's play and for his treatment of the melody, which virtually duplicates the rhythm of natural speech.
Debussy's style was one of the most important influences on 20th-century music.
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 Lesson Tutor: Classical Composer Profile: Claude Debussy
Debussy's title 'Jimbo' is his misspelling of Jumbo, and the elephant lullaby opens with a soft lumbering sort of phrase.
Although not overly fond of children, Debussy adored the daughter who arrived at a time when the composer was troubled by illness, debt, and scandal, and became the joy of his life.
Debussy was one of the most influential composers for the piano of his time.
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 - Classical Music Dictionary - Free MP3
At the Paris exhibition in 1889, Debussy was attracted to the spontaneous music of the Javanese gamelon and this was to have a decisive and lasting effect on his music.
Debussy sketched out orchestration for his Rapsodie for saxophone and piano, completed after his death by Roger-Ducasse, an interesting addition to the repertoire of an instrument more often neglected by classical composers.
Debussy made a significant addition to the French song repertoire, capturing the spirit, in particular, of the work of poets such as Verlaine and Mallarmé, but also turning to earlier poets, including Villon and Charles d'Orlèans.
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 Claude Debussy Summary
Debussy was not only one of the most important French composers but was also one of the most important figures in music at the turn of the last century; his music represents the transition from late-romantic music to 20th century modernist music.
Debussy began music instruction when he was nine years old, but his talents soon became evident and at age ten Debussy entered the Paris Conservatoire.
Given that Debussy's music is apparently so concerned with mood and colour, it is somewhat unexpected to discover that according to one author many of his greatest works appear to have been structured around mathematical models even when they apparently also use a classical structure such as sonata form.
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At first, Debussy wanted to be a virtuoso pianist; later, he gave up the idea of a virtuoso career after two failures in the piano examinations in 1878 and 1879.
From 1880 to 1882 Debussy served as a pianist in the household of Nadezhda von Meck, the eccentric patroness of Tchaikovsky.
In 1892 Debussy began to compose the Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun which was performed at the Société Nationale on 22 December 1894.
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 Essentials of Music - Composers
Debussy's music is often associated with the contemporary impressionist movement in painting, and his approach shares some characteristics of this style.
Debussy was educated at the Paris Conservatory, and in 1885 he won the coveted Prix de Rome.
Debussy's interest in the exquisite and sensual also led him to an appreciation of the music of other cultures, and his use of various scales beyond the traditional major and minor ones shows the influence of Oriental and Russian music.
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Debussy began displaying musical talents at the piano by age 9 and these talents were supported by Madame Mauté de Fleurville, who was associated with Chopin.
Debussy was always trying new styles and much of his work was influenced by Wagner.
Debussy’s later years held strange and sometimes youthful works to his death in 1918.
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 Debussy - Classical Music Symposium Midi Composers Orchestra
Debussy was born in Paris in 1862, and received his formal musical education at the Paris Conservatoire, where he was trained in traditional Romantic techniques and sonorities.
Soon after this triumph, however, Debussy started to reject many of the precepts of his training, including the importance of the Germanic musical tradition, of which Wagner was the most oft-cited example.
As Debussy set off to write his own style of music, he found himself in the heady cultural hotbed of late-19th century Parisian society, a climate enriched by Russian music, non-western idioms demonstrated at the Paris Exposition of 1889, and Symbolist poetry, as well as a revolution in visual arts.
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 Classical Collection ~ R A CAMPBELL Home Page
Debussy's "La mer" is that and more, for like much of Debussy's music, "La mer" combines formal elegance and discipline with an extraordinarily vivid sense of imagery, verging at times on outright sensuality.
Debussy's personal experiences of the sea--childhood visits to Cannes on the Mediterranean, and a perilous afternoon in the spring of 1889 when he and some friends were tossed around in a boat during a storm off the coast of Brittany-- undoubtedly played a part in the genesis of "La mer."
Not surprisingly, for one so visually inclined, Debussy subtitled "La mer" "Three symphonic sketches." The titles of the three movements reveal those particular aspects of the sea on which Debussy chose to concentrate, and provide the listener with verbal suggestions to stimulate his or her own sense of imagery.
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 Review | Claude Debussy
Debussy explains that he did not intend this work to be a musical nocturne -- that is, an instrumental serenade, -- but rather instead as a lyrical description of nighttime.
Debussy: "Therefore it is not meant to designate the usual form of the nocturne, but rather all the various impressions and the special effects of light that the word suggests." Yet this deviation does not come across as exaggerated.
Debussy explains that while he was interested in a composition about the sea, he was even more interested in writing about what he considered his fine memories of the aforementioned.
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 Claude Debussy: Biography - Classic Cat
Debussy not only was among the most important of all French composers but also was a central figure in all European music at the turn of the twentieth century.
Debussy planned a set of six sonatas, but this plan was cut short by his death in 1918 so that he only completed three (cello, flute-viola-harp and violin sonatas).
Claude Debussy died in Paris on March 25, 1918 from colorectal cancer, in the midst of the German aerial and artillery bombardment of Paris during the Spring Offensive of World War I.
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Debussy was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on August 22, 1862, and educated at the Paris Conservatoire, which he entered at the age of 10.
Debussy's opera Pelléas et Mélisande, based on the play of the same name by the Belgian poet Maurice Maeterlinck, was produced in 1902.
Debussy himself did not create a new school of composition, but he liberated music from the limitations of traditional harmony; moreover, the high quality of his own works proved to subsequent composers the validity of experimenting with new ideas and techniques.
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Debussy hated to appear in public, hated to conduct, hated to play piano at concerts (this is probably why his music is difficult to understand and is not really appreciated).
Therefore, Debussy's approach to piano was totally different from any other composers where he aimed at freeing the piano from its percussive sound.
In conclusion, it is very important that to understand Debussy's music, one has to listen it very carefully and feel the impression of an object being conveyed in the music.
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Debussy was greatly depressed by the fact that his age and health prevented him from serving in the French army.
Debussy puts the theory into practice, for in his peculiar idiom there seems to be no normal sequence...The form itself is decomposed.
Debussy takes particular delight in successions of rich chords that are dissonant without being crude, and more harmonious in their complexity than any consonances could be; over them his melody proceeds as on a sumptuous, skillfully designed carpet of strange coloring that contains no violent or discordant tints".
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 Approaching Debussy
Everything I've read about Debussy indicates to me that he was a very precise technician, and if he wrote a mark on the music he probably meant it.
Debussy himself complained (I have to go find the reference) about pianists who roll chords when this is not indicated in the music.
The power of Debussy's music is that it provides you with a sense of presence, not as if you were viewing the scene but rather as if you were feeling the scene.
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 DoveSong.com -- Debussy
Debussy was an important and innovative French composer whose music is usually associated with the French impressionist movement in painting.
Debussy's early music, composed in a more traditional musical language, is extraordinarily beautiful and evokes a particular magic that only Debussy seemed to have.
Debussy was burdened with having to work on projects he detested in order to make money.
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Claude Debussy (1862-1918) was trained in the classical European tradition, studying with a student of Chopin.
Debussy tends to choose expressive subjects, as with his Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1892-1894) from the Mallarmé; symbolist poem.
Debussy's music adapted to the functions of background music because of its fluidity and non-assertiveness.
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Debussy's style was unquestionably one of the most important influences on music in the early Twentieth Century.
He took those original harmonies, used new rhythms, such as jazz and ragtime concepts, and unconventional scales2, combining all these new elements delicately into works which were designed to give the listener a sound 'impression' of their subject.
Initially, Debussy was fascinated by Wagner's music, especially Parsifal, but he later rejected Wagner's approach to composition as well as most other German Romantic music.
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 The Music Chamber - Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy displayed his impressionism through, shifty sounds, wavering tones, and what the poet Verlaine described as, "harmoniously dissonant chords." Nonetheless his music was accepted by the people of the time, and have managed to still intrigue the ears of present-day listeners with perhaps the most radical of structures and harmonies.
Debussy was born into a family of small-time farm workers and artisans in a suburb of Paris known as St. Germain-en-Laye.
From 1887 to 1895, Debussy's music would revolutionize the music of the age much in the same way Beethoven and Wagner did.
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The emphasis of Debussy's expression was given to color, shadings, and textures instead of clarity of design.
Claude Debussy is a blend of magic and miracles, giving the world his most beautiful works of art at the turn of the 20th century.
Debussy married Bardac in 1908, and they stayed together for the rest of his life.
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 Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
laude Debussy is generally considered the dominant figure in the transition from the late romantic style to that of the twentieth century.
Debussy's principal influences included the music of Russia, the exotic colors of Asian music (which he first heard at the Paris International Exposition in 1889), and the ideas of writers and poets like Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Verlaine, and Charles-Pierre Baudelaire.
Due to certain aspects of Debussy's style, his music is usually classified as a musical counterpart to the artistic movement known as impressionism.
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 Claude Debussy, Composer
When Debussy was born, his father was running a china shop and working as a traveling salesman and a printer's assistant.
When he was ten years old, Debussy's musical talents were discovered by his piano teacher and he was sent to the Conservatory in Paris.
Debussy continued to compose and in 1894, he completed one of his most famous works Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun).
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 How To Teach and Play Debussy
Debussy is one great example of a "national" composer who has become truly "international".
Debussy seemed almost as reluctant to write down any indications in this direction, as he was about the fingerings.
Debussy was so particular about this mellow, liquid tone production, that when, on rare occasions, he played in public, he requested that the top of the concert grand remain closed.
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Claude Debussy is one of the most influential composers who creates a unique and forward-looking style of innovative technical finish and poetic appeal.
Debussy's musical talent was discovered by his first piano teacher, Madame Maut de Fleurville, who had been a student of Chopin.
At first, Debussy wanted to be a virtuoso pianist, but he later abandoned the idea after two failures in the piano examinations in 1878 and 1879.
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 Nimbus Records, Grand Piano, NI 8807, Debussy - Booklet Note
Debussy, a confirmed Anglophile, visited London twice in 1908 to conduct and supervise the English premiere of Pelléas.
Debussy added a new and revelatory dimension of his music, such that Claudio Arrau described it as "like the music of another planet".
Debussy expressed a new and vast repertory of emotional states, often furtive and fleeting, often mixing pain and pleasure".
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 DEBUSSY ~ NOTES Page ~ aMUSIClassical Directory
The young Debussy was much in demand as a pianist and played in many fashionable social circles of his day.
Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
FP December 29, 1893 by the Ysaye (ee SIGH' eh) Quartet at a concert of the Societe nationale.
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