Friday, January 16, 2009

Classical Masterpieces of All Times- Debussy

Claude Debussy- Photo by Felix Nadar

Debussy at the Piano, in front of the composer- Ernest Chausson, 1883

Debussy at the Villa Medici in Rome, 1885 at center in white jacket

Claire de Lune - Claude Debussy (Stokowsky)

Claude Debussy

Achille-Claude Debussy (August 22, 1862- March 25, 1918) was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he is considered one of the most prominent figures working within the field of Impressionist music, though he himself intensely dislike the term when applied to his compositions. Debussy is not only among the most important of all French composers, he was also a central figure in all European music at the turn of the twentieth century.

Debussy's music virtually defines the transition from late- Romantic music to twentieth century modernist music. In French literary circles, the style of this period was known as Symbolism, a movement that directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant.

Claude debussy was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye in 1862, the eldest of five children. His father owned a china shop and his mother was a seamstress. Debussy began piano lessons when he was four years old with an elderly Italian named Cerutti. From the start, though clearly talented, Debussy was also argumentative and experimental and he challenged the rigid teaching of the Academy, favoring instead dissonances and intervals which were frowned upon at that time. Debussy died in Paris on March 25, 1918 from colorectal cancer.

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Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Arts/Classical Music

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