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Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy 1862-1918

Claude Debussy (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) was a French composer who is considered one of the most important figures in the development of modern music. He was a pioneer of Impressionist music, and his work is characterized by its use of non-traditional harmonies, rhythms, and textures.

Debussy was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, in 1862. He began studying piano at the age of nine, and he later attended the Paris Conservatory, where he studied composition with Ernest Guiraud. After graduating from the Conservatory in 1884, Debussy traveled to Italy and Spain, where he was exposed to a wide range of musical influences.

In 1892, Debussy's first major work, the orchestral piece Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, was premiered. The piece was a critical and commercial success, and it established Debussy as a leading figure in the new musical movement known as Impressionism.

Over the next two decades, Debussy composed a large body of work, including operas, ballets, orchestral pieces, chamber music, and piano music. His most famous works include Clair de lune, La Mer, and Pelléas et Mélisande.

Debussy died in Paris in 1918. He was 55 years old. His music continues to be performed and enjoyed by audiences around the world.

He did not compose symphonies and regard them as a form of the past.  AlthoughDebussy was friends with Eric Satie Camille Saint-Saens had nothing nice to say about him and detested his music.

Debussy said, "We must agree that the beauty of a work of art will always remain a mystery, we can never be absolutely sure how it's made.  We must at all costs preserve this magic which is peculiar to music and to which music, by its nature is of all the arts the most receptive."

Debussy's music is characterized by its use of non-traditional harmonies, rhythms, and textures. He often used unusual scales and chords, and he often created a sense of movement and atmosphere through his use of rhythm and texture. His music is often described as being "impressionistic," a term that refers to the way that he used music to evoke images and sensations.

Debussy's music was groundbreaking and influential. He helped to change the way that people thought about music, and his work paved the way for the development of new musical styles, such as modernism and serialism.

    Debussy Claude Achille (1862-1918)      
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